Akra Township, Pembina County, North Dakota

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Akra Township
Township
Akra Township is located in North Dakota
Akra Township
Akra Township
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°46′12″N 97°45′14″W / 48.77000°N 97.75389°W / 48.77000; -97.75389Coordinates: 48°46′12″N 97°45′14″W / 48.77000°N 97.75389°W / 48.77000; -97.75389
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Area
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Land 35.6 sq mi (92.1 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 991 ft (302 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 252
 • Density 7.1/sq mi (2.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58220
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-00900[1]
GNIS feature ID 1036730[2]

Akra Township is a township in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States.

History[edit]

Akra Township was organized in 1882, and was known as one of the "Icelandic Townships," due to its large population of Icelanders who had settled here.[3] Akra takes its name from Akranes, Iceland, a town near Reykjavík.[4] Akra Township was a "double township," spanning two full survey townships. In 1888, the northern part of the township was separated and organized separately as Avon Township (now Advance Township).[3][5]

Geography[edit]

Icelandic State Park and the adjacent Renwick Dam and Lake Renwick are located in Akra Township.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Sveinbjorn (1906). Libby, Orin Grant, ed. The Icelandic Settlement of Pembina County. Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota 1. Bismarck, ND: Tribune, State Printers and Binders. p. 109. OCLC 01773487. 
  4. ^ Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  5. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (1913). "Number of Inhabitants, North Dakota" (PDF). Thirteenth Census of the United States: 1910. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-07-20.