Backoo, North Dakota

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Backoo, North Dakota
Unincorporated community
Backoo, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Backoo, North Dakota
Backoo, North Dakota
Backoo, North Dakota is located in the US
Backoo, North Dakota
Backoo, North Dakota
Coordinates: Coordinates: 48°50′12″N 97°42′37″W / 48.83667°N 97.71028°W / 48.83667; -97.71028
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 701
GNIS feature ID 1027778

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.