Carbury, North Dakota

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Carbury, North Dakota
Unincorporated community
Location of Carbury, North Dakota
Location of Carbury, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°53′27″N 100°32′41″W / 48.89083°N 100.54472°W / 48.89083; -100.54472Coordinates: 48°53′27″N 100°32′41″W / 48.89083°N 100.54472°W / 48.89083; -100.54472
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bottineau County
Township Pickering
Founded 1901
Elevation 1,660 ft (510 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 58783
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-12140[1]
GNIS feature ID 1028276[1]

Carbury is a ghost town and unincorporated community in Bottineau County in the U.S. State of North Dakota. It is located along North Dakota Highway 14 in the eastern part of the county, east of Souris, North Dakota.[3] The town is virtually abandoned, and the 2000 Census did not record a population.[4] The post office closed in 1984,[5] but the U.S. Postal Service has assigned it the same zip code of 58783 as nearby Souris.[6]

Carbury is also designated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as a port of entry between the United States and Canada.[7]


Carbury is named after the village of Carbury in County Kildare, Ireland. Founded in 1901 as a station on the Great Northern Railway, the post office first opened April 16, 1906.[2] Though the town has been known as Carbury since its founding, it was originally intended to be named Roth, which is a town roughly 12 miles (19 km) to the west. However, due to a mixup by railroad officials or the Secretary of State, depending on who tells the story, the townsite names were accidentally switched when the wrong signs were posted.[2] The mistake was never corrected.[3][8] Carbury's original post office was assigned the zip code 58724.[5] The post office closed in 1984, and mail service was merged with Souris, North Dakota.[5]

The town experienced a top population of 50 in 1920, which had dwindled to 5 by 1980.[2]

Norwegian settlers from Polk County, Minnesota, established a settlement near Carbury in 1883, reportedly becoming the first Norwegians in Bottineau County.[9]


Carbury is part of Pickering Township in the Souris River Valley. It is roughly 10 miles (16 km) to the northwest of the county seat of Bottineau, North Dakota and roughly 7 miles (11 km) to the southeast of Souris.

Carbury Dam located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of town is a public fishing area managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.[10]

Notable native[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wick, Douglas A. North Dakota Place Names. Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 31. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. 
  3. ^ a b "Carbury, North Dakota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c U.S. Postal Service, Find a Postmaster
  6. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  7. ^ "Port Of Entry-Carbury". U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Roth, North Dakota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  9. ^ Sherman, William C. (1983). Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota. Fargo, North Dakota: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies. p. 71. ISBN 0-911042-27-X. OCLC 256228966. 
  10. ^ "Carbury Dam, Bottineau County" (PDF). Lake Contour Maps. North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  11. ^ Dakota Lawmakers, North Dakota Legislative Council