Rugby (North Dakota)

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Geographical center of North America

Rugby [1] is a city in Pierce County, North Dakota, with a population of about 2900 people. It is located about halfway between Minot and Devils Lake.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

US Highway 2 runs along the south side of town. West about 60 miles is Minot. East about the same distance is Devils Lake. US 2 crosses Interstate 29 in Grand Forks.

North Dakota Highway 3 runs North to Dunseith and the International Peace Garden. Brandon, on Trans-Canada 1, is about 2 and a half hours from Rugby.

By train[edit]

Rugby is on Amtrak's Empire Builder line. Eastbound trains arrive daily about 7AM. Westbound trains arrive about 11PM.

Get around[edit]

If you come into town by train, you'll have to walk or hitch around town. There isn't any public transport, taxi service, or car rental. Not that this can be a bad thing if, say, you had a rail pass and wanted to spend a day in small-town North Dakota.

However, the more timid may want to take the train to Minot, rent a car, and circle back.

See[edit][add listing]

The Geographical Center of North America cairn, at the intersection of US 2 and ND 3. The actual center of the continent is some 6 miles west of nearby Balta, but you really have to be a stickler to get there.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Spirit Lake Casino

Buy[edit][add listing]

Rugby has a number of small shops, mostly located downtown, which is around the train station, and about 2 miles north of Highway 2.

  • Borth's, department store, 116 2ND ST SE, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5007
  • Hardware Hank, 200 2ND ST SW, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-6111
  • Leevers Foods, 215 2ND AVE SE, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5889
  • Pamida, 225 HWY 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5828
  • RUGBY Photo Processing, 217 Main Ave S, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-6983
  • Carol Ann's Teapot & Antiques 107 Highway 2 Southwest, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-6183

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bob's Pizza Inn, Highway 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5657
  • Coffee Cottage, 106 Highway 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-7650
  • Dairy Queen, 101 Highway 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-6233
  • Hub of America, 215 Hwy 2 SW, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5806
  • Subway, 219 Hwy 2 SW, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-6966

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Balta Bar & Grill,202 Main Ave, Balta, ND 58313, Tel: (701) 542-3322
  • Eagles Order #3834, 2809 Highway 2 West, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5122
  • Jester's Lounge, 215 S. Main Ave., Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-7755

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Econo Lodge, Highway 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5776
  • The Hub Motel, Highway 2 East, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5806
  • Oakwood Inn & Campground, corner of Highway 2 and Highway 3, Rugby, ND 58368. Tel: (701) 776-5272

Get out[edit]

Routes through Rugby
MinotTowner  W noframe E  Churchs FerryGrand Forks


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