What Is the Capital of North Dakota?


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Bismarck is the capital of the state of North Dakota and is the second most populous city in the state. The North Dakota State Capital, located in central Bismarck, is the tallest building in the state.

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Bismarck was founded in 1872 near the east bank of the Missouri River in the area now known as Burleigh County. Though the town was initially dubbed Edwinton, in honor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that crossed the river at the location, the Northern Pacific Railway renamed the area Bismarck in honor of German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Thanks to a prosperity boom due to the discovery of gold in the nearby Black Halls, Bismarck became the capital of the Dakota Territory in 1883 and remained the capital when North Dakota was admitted to the Union six years later.

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