Sherbrooke, North Dakota

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Sherbrooke, North Dakota
Plat of Sherbrooke in 1928
Plat of Sherbrooke in 1928
Sherbrooke, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Sherbrooke, North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°27′39″N 97°43′10″W / 47.46083°N 97.71944°W / 47.46083; -97.71944Coordinates: 47°27′39″N 97°43′10″W / 47.46083°N 97.71944°W / 47.46083; -97.71944
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Steele
Township Sherbrooke
Founded 1884
Named for Sherbrooke, Quebec
Elevation 1,253 ft (382 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-72425[1]
GNIS feature ID 1032050[1]

Sherbrooke is a ghost town in Steele County in the U.S. State of North Dakota. It was the county seat from 1885 to 1919,[2] when the government moved to the current county seat of Finley. It is located in Sherbrooke Township.


Sherbrooke was named after the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, which itself was named after Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (1764 – 1830), Governor General of Canada from 1816 to 1818.[3]

The Sherbrooke House Hotel was a prominent fixture in the community. The hotel was purchased in 1893 by Washington Irving Warrey, who served as Steele County judge from 1894 to 1905. Hotel records indicate President William McKinley stayed at the hotel in 1896 during a trip to North Dakota.[4]

On June 28, 1918, county residents voted to move the county seat from Sherbrooke to "some other and more convenient place", since Sherbrooke did not lie along the railroad or an interstate river. Finley, North Dakota, received the most votes. Residents of Sherbrooke petitioned the North Dakota Supreme Court for an injunction to stop the relocation. The Supreme Court denied the petition, and the county seat was moved in 1919.[5]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Steele County, North Dakota". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  4. ^ Langdahl, Sherry. "Sherbrooke House Register Provides Link to Past". Fargo Forum. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ Bugbee et al. v. Steele County, 41 N.D. 155. , 170 N.W. Rep. 321 (N.D. 1918)

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