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Bismarck City

Burleigh County, North Dakota

Photo: Former North Dakota Executive Mansion, 320 Avenue B, built by Asa Fisher ca. 1884. Sold to the state in 1893 and used as Governor's residence until 1960. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Photographed by User:Plazak (own work), 2010, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed October, 2012.

Bismarck City Photo

Bismarck City Hall is located at 221 North 5th Street, Bismarck, ND 58506.
Phone: 701‑355‑1300.


What would become Bismarck began as the Town of Edwinton in 1872, located at the point where the North Pacific Railway crossed the Missouri River. The name was changed a year later to Bismarck in honor of Otto von Bismarck [1815-1898], Chancellor of Germany. In 1883 Bismarck became the capital of the Dakota Territory. When the territory was split to create the new states of North and South Dakota, Jamestown was designated to be North Dakota's state capital, but efforts of Bismarck's citizens, some surreptitious, fixed the capital in Bismarck where it has remained.