Bismarck was established as the town of Edwinton in 1872 by the Northern Pacific Railway, who was...
1873-1879: Railroad Arrives, New Name, Panic!
In the year following its formal founding, 1873 marked several major developments for the fledgling town; its...
1880-1883: Bismarck Assumes Capital
By 1880, Bismarck’s population was nearing 2,000 and it had established a strong foundation to support the...
1884-1929: Industry, Statehood, Fire, and Rebirth
As capital, Bismarck was now better positioned to become the hub its founders predicted. With it came...
The Fire of 1898 was the most devastating fire seen in Bismarck, wiping out a large portion of the...
1930-1944: Great Depression And The War
The stock market crashed in October 1929, causing widespread economic chaos across the United States. To make...
1945-1959: Post-War Boom
Following World War II, Bismarck experienced significant growth and development. Its population nearly doubled from 1940 to...
1960-1969: Demands Of A Growing City
By 1960, the city had over 27,000 citizens, and its aging public facilities were becoming inadequate. Even...
1970-1979: Building Boom, Evolving Trends, & The Decay of Downtown
The 1970s were a time of major change for Bismarck. The decade would see the most development...
1980-1999: Declining Growth
The 1980s opened with the recent completion of Gateway Mall and the expansion of the area’s largest...
2000-Present: Reinventing Bismarck
By the new millennium, Bismarck had grown to more than 55,000 citizens. The tough retail trend that...
2008-2009 Winter Season / Blizzard
The Winter Season of 2008-2009 was unquestionably one of the worst winter seasons ever recorded in Bismarck,...
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