Tokio, North Dakota

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Tokio, North Dakota
Unincorporated community
Tokio General Store
Tokio General Store
Tokio, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Tokio, North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°55′29″N 98°48′58″W / 47.92472°N 98.81611°W / 47.92472; -98.81611Coordinates: 47°55′29″N 98°48′58″W / 47.92472°N 98.81611°W / 47.92472; -98.81611
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Benson
Township Wood Lake Township
Founded 1906
Elevation 1,509 ft (460 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 58379
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-79060[1]
GNIS feature ID 1032494[1]

Tokio is an unincorporated community in southeastern Benson County, North Dakota, United States, on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. It lies southeast of the city of Minnewaukan, the county seat of Benson County.[2] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 58379.[3]


Tokio was established in 1906 as a station along the Great Northern Railway. The post office was opened in 1907, and remains in operation today. A railroad official chose the name Tokio, based on the local Dakota Indian word to-ki, or "gracious gift." However, some believe it is named after the city of Tokyo in Japan.[4]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 77.
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ Wick, Douglas A. North Dakota Place Names. Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 194. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6.