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Burke County (North Dakota)

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Burke County (North Dakota)

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Burke County [1] is near the northwestern coorner of North Dakota, on the border south of Saskatchewan, Canada. It has a population of 2,242 people and an area of 1,119 square miles. Its county seat is Bowbells. Latitude: N46.18, Longitude: W103.40.


  • Bowbells, the county seat, has a population of 400 people. It is located at the junction of Hwy 52 and Hwy 8 in the east-central portion of the county. Official Site
  • Powers Lake, at the southern end of the county, is known for hunting and fishing on Powers and Smishek Lakes. Powers Lake poulation is 309. Official Site
  • Lignite, near the center of the county, is named for the abundant type of coal found nearby and is home to 174 friendly people.Official Site
  • Columbus, a once thriving coal boomtown, now has just 151 people living in this quiet community along Hwy 5 in the northwestern part of the county.Profile
  • Portal, on the Canadian-US border, is a busy 24hr port of entry for rail traffic on the Canadian Pacific Railway as well as commercial truck traffic and passenger vehicles on US Hwy 52. Portal's population is 131 people. Official Site
  • Flaxton, with a population of 73 people, is home to the Burke County Fair, held each summer just a mile north of town. Official Site
  • Battleview, Coteau, Larson and Northgate are unincorporated villages.
  • Rival, Stampede, Perella and Woburn are ghost towns with few or no buildings.


Niobe is also a ghost town, with maybe 13 people.

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  • Bowbells Golf Course. Sand greens, very nice clubhouse. 9 holes. Yearly family pass approx 100/yr. Day pass approx 5/day.  edit

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