Cummings, North Dakota

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Cummings
Unincorporated community
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Cummings is located in North Dakota
Cummings
Cummings
Cummings is located in the US
Cummings
Cummings
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°32′38″N 96°58′34″W / 47.54389°N 96.97611°W / 47.54389; -96.97611Coordinates: 47°32′38″N 96°58′34″W / 47.54389°N 96.97611°W / 47.54389; -96.97611
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Traill
Population (2000)
 • Total 219
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Cummings is an unincorporated community in Traill County, North Dakota in the United States.

Geography[edit]

Cummings sits directly between Interstate 29 and U.S. Route 81 and is connected to these two highways by North Dakota State Highway 200. Cummings is several miles north of the city of Hillsboro.

History[edit]

A post office was established at Cummings in 1881.[1] The community was named for Henry Cumings, a Great Northern Railway worker, and which was misspelled so often as Cummings the Post Office made the change official in 1922.[2] It is today largely a farming community, as is the rest of the county.[1]

In all of Cummings' history one of their most known residents was William J. Burnett(born August 14, 1854)who served two terms as a representative for the eighth district in the state senate. In addition to his work in the state senate, Burnett was an advocate for the development of the farmers' elevator. His work on behalf of the town resulted in both population and commercial growth in the late nineteenth century.[3]

As of 1910, Cummings had a schoolhouse, elevators, general stores, and churches.[4] The church has since torn down and rebuilt, and was then bought and converted into a home years later, though you can still see the steeple. The elevators have been torn down, though there is still a lot of farming going on in the area. The school was torn down sometime in the nineteen-seventies or eighties.

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