Washburn, ND

Town in McLean County, ND

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Sponsors of Washburn, ND

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About Washburn, ND

Washburn, ND is the oldest city in McLean County and is the County Seat. The city of Washburn was officially founded on November 1, 1882 by "King John" Satterlund. He saw that the area was a great site, with good soil, abundance of wood and coal, and excellent water transportation. Satterlund and his business partner, John Veeder, named the new town Washburn in honor of the late Wisconsin Governor Cadwallader Colden Washburn, whom both men know in Wisconsin. Washburn was a prominent soldier, political leader and capitalist, besides being governor of Wisconsin from 1872-1874 and US Congressman from 1855-1861 and 1867-1871. The Washburn area has in incredibly rich history that draws thousands of visitors every year to Fort Mandan, the winter home of Lewis, Clark, and the famed Corps of Discovery.

In the mid-1970 the physical and economic landscape of the Washburn area changed forever, with the development of the energy industry on both sides of the Missouri River. Closest to Washburn is the Coal Creek Station, North Dakota's largest coal-fired generating plant, owned and operated by Great River Energy of Elk River, MN. The Falkirk Mining Company operation located nearby provides lignite coal to the plant. Between the two operations, hundreds of jobs provide a solid economic base for the community and region.

Today, the city of Washburn is a vibrant and active community of about 1,400 residents with a strong volunteer spirit. The city has an excellent school, many parks, and a community swimming pool. There are many outdoor activities to take advantage of including bicycling, hiking, golfing, hunting, and fishing and boating on the scenic Missouri River. The city also boasts many thriving businesses, churches, and two museums. Both the Washburn Civic Club and Washburn Area Economic Development Association invite you to come and visit our town and encourage you to consider making Washburn your home.

Businesses of Washburn, ND

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McLean County, ND

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the McLean County, ND page.