Backoo, North Dakota

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Backoo is an unincorporated community in Advance Township in North Dakota's Pembina County located roughly 5 miles northwest of Cavalier.[1] It was established in 1887 as a townsite along the Great Northern Railroad.[2]


Backoo was a town of roughly 50 people, and was one of the more prominent communities in the township.[3] The post office was established September 26, 1887, and was in continuous operation for more than 100 years, closing October 11, 1988.[4][5] The post office was assigned the ZIP code of 58215. Mail service is now handled through Cavalier.[6]

John Mountain, one of its first settlers, is reported to have named the town after the Barcoo River in his home country of Australia.[7] Other sources credit the origin of the name to Baku, a city in Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea.[2]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 75. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  3. ^ The Dakota Icelanders Project (2009). "Icelandic Settlers of Advance (Avon) Township". Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ Patera, Alan H.; John S. Gallagher (1982). North Dakota Post Offices, 1850-1982. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot. pp. 106–108. OCLC 09763647. 
  5. ^ "Postmaster Finder". U.S. Postal Service. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  7. ^ Williams, Mary Ann (Barnes) (1966). Origins of North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Bismarck Tribune, 1966. p. 224. OCLC 431626. 

Coordinates: 48°50′12″N 97°42′37″W / 48.83667°N 97.71028°W / 48.83667; -97.71028