Bottineau, North Dakota

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Bottineau, North Dakota
City
"Tommy Turtle", symbol of Bottineau
"Tommy Turtle", symbol of Bottineau
Nickname(s): Four Seasons Playground
Motto: Vi Skal Vinne
Location of Bottineau, North Dakota
Location of Bottineau, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°50′N 100°27′W / 48.833°N 100.450°W / 48.833; -100.450Coordinates: 48°50′N 100°27′W / 48.833°N 100.450°W / 48.833; -100.450
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bottineau
Area[1]
 • Total 1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)
 • Land 1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,637 ft (499 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,211
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 2,341
 • Density 2,028.4/sq mi (783.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58318
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-08460
GNIS feature ID 1028083[4]
Highways ND 5
Website http://www.bottineau.govoffice.com/

Bottineau is a city in Bottineau County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Bottineau County[5] and is located just over ten miles south of the Canada–United States border. The city's population was 2,211 at the 2010 census.[6]

The city is home to Dakota College at Bottineau. Attractions in Bottineau include the Bottineau Winter Park and "Tommy Turtle", the world's largest turtle, which has become a landmark for the city. Built in 1978 and standing 30 feet tall, the fiberglass turtle is located in the eastern half of the city and supposedly was built as a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains.[7]

Bottineau is also home to Programmer's Broadcasting, which owns and operates KBTO, along with KTZU and KWGO in Minot.

History[edit]

Pierre Bottineau

Bottineau was founded in 1883 as Oak Creek as a customs station and an overnight stagecoach stop. The town name was changed to Bottineau in 1884 in honor of Pierre Bottineau (c.1814-1895), a Métis pioneer, hunter, and trapper who became a successful land speculator.

The town was originally located about 1.5 miles north of its current location. The entire town was moved south in 1887 to where the Great Northern Railway was installing new tracks.[8]

In 2012 a new chalet called Annie's House was built in Bottineau Winter Park (16 km North of Bottineau). The facility will be North Dakota's first ski facility for handicapped children and wounded veterans. It is being built to honor Ann Nicole Nelson, who was the only North Dakotan to die in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.[9]

Geography and climate[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate data for Bottineau, North Dakota (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 15.6
(−9.1)
20.9
(−6.2)
33.3
(0.7)
53.0
(11.7)
65.5
(18.6)
74.0
(23.3)
79.6
(26.4)
79.3
(26.3)
68.3
(20.2)
53.1
(11.7)
34.0
(1.1)
19.1
(−7.2)
49.6
(9.8)
Average low °F (°C) −4.3
(−20.2)
0.8
(−17.3)
14.4
(−9.8)
28.9
(−1.7)
40.8
(4.9)
50.8
(10.4)
55.4
(13)
53.3
(11.8)
42.8
(6)
29.4
(−1.4)
15.2
(−9.3)
0.6
(−17.4)
27.3
(−2.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.47
(11.9)
0.40
(10.2)
0.78
(19.8)
1.00
(25.4)
2.41
(61.2)
3.60
(91.4)
2.73
(69.3)
2.41
(61.2)
1.50
(38.1)
1.32
(33.5)
0.69
(17.5)
0.57
(14.5)
17.87
(453.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.8
(22.4)
5.7
(14.5)
6.5
(16.5)
3.6
(9.1)
1.3
(3.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
2.8
(7.1)
7.2
(18.3)
9.2
(23.4)
45.1
(114.6)
Source: NOAA[10]

Law and government[edit]

Bottineau uses the city council style of municipal government. Citizens are divided by location into four wards, who each elect two city council members, for a total of eight.

The current president of the city council is Dave Caroline and the current mayor of the city is Douglas Marsden who has served since 1998.[11] The city council meets on the first Monday of every month in the city's Armory.

Economy[edit]

Downtown Bottineau. The "Botno" theater name reflects the local pronunciation of Bottineau.

The economy in Bottineau is based on agriculture and recreational activities.

The city's commercial district consists mainly of small local shops, but a Wal-Mart Supercenter store is now operating within Bottineau; some consider this unusual for a town of such a small size.[12] Bottineau is also home to the Bottineau County Fair, which is North Dakota's oldest county fair.[13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 145
1900 888 512.4%
1910 1,331 49.9%
1920 1,172 −11.9%
1930 1,322 12.8%
1940 1,739 31.5%
1950 2,268 30.4%
1960 2,613 15.2%
1970 2,760 5.6%
1980 2,829 2.5%
1990 2,598 −8.2%
2000 2,336 −10.1%
2010 2,211 −5.4%
Est. 2013 2,341 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
2013 Estimate[15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,211 people, 972 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,028.4 inhabitants per square mile (783.2/km2). There were 1,085 housing units at an average density of 995.4 per square mile (384.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 0.7% African American, 4.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 972 households of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 44.9 years. 18.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 24.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,336 people, 979 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,230.0 people per square mile (859.0/km²). There were 1,114 housing units at an average density of 1,063.4 per square mile (409.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.25% White, 0.34% African American, 2.87% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 979 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 14.2% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 27.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,022, and the median income for a family was $40,938. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,530. About 5.4% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

K-12[edit]

Bottineau is served by Bottineau Public Schools. The system operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.

Higher education[edit]

Media[edit]

  • Newspapers

The Bottineau Courant is a weekly publication.

  • Radio

KBTO is a local FM station. A few other stations are available from nearby Manitoba.

Notable people[edit]

Notes[edit]

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