Red River Valley University

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Red River Valley University
Red River Valley University is located in North Dakota
Red River Valley University
Location N. 6th St., Wahpeton, North Dakota
Coordinates 46°16′27″N 96°36′29″W / 46.27406°N 96.60816°W / 46.27406; -96.60816Coordinates: 46°16′27″N 96°36′29″W / 46.27406°N 96.60816°W / 46.27406; -96.60816
Area less than one acre
Built 1891
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 84002770[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1984

Red River Valley University was a private liberal arts college located in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and affiliated with the Methodist Church. The university opened in 1893, and operated independently until 1905, when limited funds forced the closure of the Wahpeton campus. The university's trustees then forged an affiliation agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND), and reopened the school on the UND campus as "Wesley College."

The former Red River Valley University building in Wahpeton still survives, and is known as Old Main on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  • Robinson, Elwyn B. (1966). History of North Dakota. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 315.