Advance Township, Pembina County, North Dakota

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Advance Township
Advance Township is located in North Dakota
Advance Township
Advance Township
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°51′12″N 97°45′50″W / 48.85333°N 97.76389°W / 48.85333; -97.76389Coordinates: 48°51′12″N 97°45′50″W / 48.85333°N 97.76389°W / 48.85333; -97.76389
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (92.9 km2)
 • Land 35.8 sq mi (92.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 945 ft (288 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 143
 • Density 4.0/sq mi (1.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-00700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1036731[2]

Advance Township (formerly Avon Township) is a township in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. At the time of the 2000 Census, its population was 143, with an estimated 122 people as of 2009.[3]


Advance Township was organized in 1888 from the northern part of Akra Township. Akra Township was a "double township" at the time, covering two full survey townships. It was originally named Avon Township, but renamed Advance in 1905.[4][5]

Some early settlers in the township migrated here from the nearby Icelandic communities.[6] The township population of 482 in 1900 was likely near the peak population.[7]

Backoo, a town of approximately 50 people northwest of Cavalier, was the most prominent population center in the township.[6] It was established in 1887 as a townsite on the Great Northern Railroad.[8] The post office here was in continuous operation from 1887 to 1988.[9][10]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (2010). "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: North Dakota". 2009 Population Estimates. Archived from the original (CSV) on 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  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. 
  6. ^ a b Steinolfson, Arlan: The Dakota Icelanders Project (2009). "Icelandic Settlers of Advance (Avon) Township". Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  7. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (1901). "Population of North Dakota" (PDF). Twelfth Census of the United States: 1900. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  8. ^ Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 10. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  9. ^ Patera, Alan H.; John S. Gallagher (1982). North Dakota Post Offices, 1850-1982. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot. pp. 106–108. OCLC 09763647. 
  10. ^ "Postmaster Finder". U.S. Postal Service. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02.