Tagus, North Dakota

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Tagus (/ˈtɡəs/ TAY-gəs) is a ghost town in Mountrail County, North Dakota, United States. The town was founded in 1900 approximately forty miles west of Minot and along the Great Northern Railway's transcontinental route. It incorporated in 1908 and reached a peak population of 140 in 1940. It was originally named Wallace, but was later renamed Tagus to avoid confusion with the town of Wallace, Idaho.[1]

Tagus reported a population of just 14 during the 1970 Census, and the town disincorporated after the last business in town closed in 1976. The area is now part of Egan Township.[2] In 2001, the sole remaining church was destroyed by fire, and local residents attribute the fire to vandalism. The spot is now marked by a memorial plaque. Tagus is now primarily abandoned, with a handful of residents and numerous vacant structures.[1]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 105
1920 133 26.7%
1930 136 2.3%
1940 140 2.9%
1950 101 −27.9%
1960 72 −28.7%
1970 14 −80.6%
U.S. Decennial Census


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Tagus has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 191. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (1981). "Number of Inhabitants, North Dakota" (PDF). 1980 Census of Population and Housing. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Tagus, North Dakota

Coordinates: 48°20′47″N 101°56′03″W / 48.34639°N 101.93417°W / 48.34639; -101.93417