Browse Exhibits (4 total)
Minot, the “Magic City,” set in a hidden valley just sixty miles south of the Canadian border and 145 miles east of Montana, began its rich history in the 1880s as part of the western frontier in the homesteading era. Empire Builder James J. Hill, owner of the St. Paul, Minneapolis, & Manitoba Railway (later the Great Northern Railway) and New Englander and financier Henry D. Minot began a stretch of tracks across the flat plains around 1886. Within one year, the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway established a depot in Minot, opening the door to the future arrival of coach and baggage cars. Today's downtown Minot was the last stop on the steel tracks, until Gasman Coulee was conquered by construction of a trestle bridge, once more allowing the laying of track to the west. As such, Minot served as a place to refuel workers, travelers and their animals.
Even after the completion of the railway line to Seattle, Minot remained an important stop. Hotels, saloons, eateries and a watering fountain would be among the many businesses and services established as the backbone of a soon-to-be thriving city.
Please visit one of the sections below to view a historical snapshot of Downtown Minot.
The Minot Park District was established on August 28, 1911 by the City of Minot's Ordinance #53. The first Park Board was elected on September 26, 1911 and held its first meeting on October 3, 1911. It began purchasing land for parks in the summer of 1912 with funds collected through bonds sold on April 2, 1912 to the bidder with the lowest interest rate: The State of North Dakota at 4% interest.
The Minot Park District currently includes:
Five community parks
Bicentennial Park, Oak Park, Polaris Park, Roosevelt Park, Roosevelt Park Zoo
Eight neighborhood parks
11th and 11th Park, Green Valley, Hammond Park, Leach Park, Moose Park Radio City Park Riverside Park Rosey Rink
Eight open space parks
Bison Plant Property, Centennial Woods, Jefferson Park, Milla Vista Park, Nubbin Park, Overlook Property, Sunnyside Park, Via View Park
It also includes baseball parks and fields, a softball complex, a soccer complex, a dog park, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, two golf courses (one full-size course for adults and a smaller course for youth), and twenty acres of undeveloped land owned by the city, for a combined total of 740 acres.
A history of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, including some of the people who have been important to its creation, development, and continued existence.
An exhibit on the history of the Heritage Singers, a male choral group in Minot, North Dakota