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North Dakota is named after Dakota, a tribe of Sioux Indians who lived in the region for centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Dakota is a Sioux Indian word that translates to "friend"
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North Dakota is the largest producer of spring wheat (nearly half the nation’s total), durum wheat, sunflower, barley, oats, lentils, honey, edible beans, canola and flaxseed in the United States


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Explorers William Clark and Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery spent more time in what is now North Dakota than any other place on their journey. In 1804, they were joined by a French Canadian fur trader and his wife, Sacagawea, a local Indian girl who became their interpreter. Sacagawea, a member of the Shoshone tribe, is regarded very highly by North Dakotans for her brains, brawn and beauty. North Dakota’s Cowboy Hall of Fame honored her as a member.
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Until 1883, the capital of Dakota Territory was Yankton, a sleepy town in the southeastern part of the Dakota Territory. Northerners, growing quickly and in need of governance, refused to recognize the remote town as the state capital and declared their own - Bismarck. This caused much tension between the northern and southern regions of the Dakota Territory and eventually United States' Congress separated them down the 46th parallel.
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North Dakota is the the second-largest oil-producing state in the United States (Texas is the largest oil-producing state in the United States)
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North Dakota is home to more wildlife refuges than any other state. There are a total of 63 national wildlife refuges covering over 290,000 acres!

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The Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson houses the world's largest intact triceratops skull. It weighs 1,500 pounds.
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Originally conceived of in 1928 by Dr. Henry Moore of Ontario, Canada, the International Peace Garden was intended to establish a memorial to perpetual peace between Canada and the United States. The 2,339 acres park is partly in North Dakota, USA and pertly in Manitoba, Canada. Peace Poles, presented by the Japanese Government, in which, "May Peace Prevail" is written in 28 different languages. The Peace Chapel in the garden is the only building straddling the US and Canadian Border.
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The geographical center of North America—marked by a 21-foot monument constructed out of stones—lies in the town of Rugby, North Dakota.
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North Dakota’s capital, Bismarck, is the only capital city in the United States to be named after a German chancellor. The city was originally named "Edwinton" after a man named Edwin L. Johnson, but was changed to Bismarck in honor of Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor hoping to attract German investments in its railroad business
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The tallest building in North Dakota is the state capitol.
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Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in the United States.
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North Dakota is the nation’s largest producer of honey
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North Dakota has three nicknames: the Peace Garden State, the Roughrider State, and the Flickertail State. The first refers to the International Peace Garden, a park that straddles the boundary between North Dakota and Canada. The Roughrider State refers to the U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, which Theodore Roosevelt organized to fight in the Spanish-American War. The "Roughriders" included several North Dakota cowboys—including Roosevelt himself. Finally, the Flickertail State pays homage to the Richardson ground squirrels that are native to the state. The animal is known for flicking or jerking its tail while running or entering its burrow.
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In 1881, a North Dakotan named David Henderson Houston filed a patent on the first roll film camera, which had actually been invented by his brother Peter. Eight years later he sold the patent to George Eastman, and also provided a suggestion for the name—he wanted to go with Nodak, an abbreviation of No[rth] Dak[ota], but Eastman decided to change the initial “N” to a “K,” and the rest is photographic history.
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The world’s largest buffalo statue is at Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota. Jamestown is also home to the National Buffalo Museum, which has its own herd of bison. The most famous of these are undoubtedly the three rare albinos: White Cloud, Dakota Miracle and Dakota Legend.