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County Seat Controversy

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Gladstone, ND

Lat:46.8608  Lon:-102.568

In the spring of 1883, much to the consternation of the citizens of Gladstone, the city of Dickinson was selected as county seat and to be the terminal point of the Northern Pacific. The foremost reason for selecting Dickinson was that it had established itself as the main point on the Black Hills freight and stage lines. Another reason was that the original depot in Gladstone was constructed in an area where the railroad did not have the flexibility to build the needed roundhouse, track, water towers and maintenance buildings. The story goes that at the time of the railroad’s decision, it could not obtain enough land from Gladstone citizens to construct the facilities. The county seat decision was made in 1883. That spring, the citizens of Dickinson, Gladstone and Taylor all sent petitions to Dakota Territory Governor Nehemiah Ordway, requesting their respective city be designated the county seat. Governor Ordway side-stepped the issue by appointing three commissioners, two from Dickinson and one from Gladstone. A vote was taken, with the two Dickinson commissioners voting for their site and the Gladstone commissioner voting for his. The result: Gladstone lost the county seat by one vote. The citizens of Gladstone, needless to say, were not happy with the decision.