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Politics is not an exact science... but an art.

Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 - 30 July 1898) German aristocrat and statesman; Prime Minister of Prussia (1862 -1890), First Chancellor of Germany (1871 - 1890); he is nicknamed the Iron Chancellor and is noted for the laconicity of his statements.


  • Nicht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschieden — das ist der große Fehler von 1848 und 1849 gewesen — sondern durch Eisen und Blut.
    • Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.
    • Speech to the Prussian Diet (30 September 1862). After some objections to his initial speech he returned to the podium and declared: "I must protest that I would never seek foreign conflicts just to go over domestic difficulties; that would be frivolous. I was speaking of conflicts that we could not avoid, even though we do not seek them."
    • Variant translations: The great questions of the time are not decided by speeches and majority decisions — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.
      The great issues of the day are not decided through speeches and majority resolutions — that was the great error of 1848 and 1849 — but through blood and iron.
      The great questions of the day will not be decided by speeches and the resolutions of majorities — that was the great mistake from 1848 to 1849 — but by blood and iron.
      The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions ... but by iron and blood.
  • So clobbeth the Poles so that they despair; they have my deepest sympathy for their situation, but, if we want to exist, we have no choice but to wipe them out ('ausrotten'); the wolf cannot help it that he was created by God the way he is, but one shoots him yet, if one can.
    • Letter to his sister Malwine (March 1861)
A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.
  • A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.
    • Speech to North German Reichstag (24 September 1867)
  • Die Politik ist keine exakte Wissenschaft.
    • Politics is not an exact science.
    • Speech to Prussian upper house (18 December 1863)
    • Variant: Die Politik ist keine Wissenschaft, wie viele der Herren Proffessoren sich einbilden, sondern eine Kunst.
      • Politics is not a science, as the professors are apt to suppose. It is an art.
        • Expression in the Reichstag (1884), as quoted in The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes.
  • Die Politik ist die Kunst des Möglichen.
    • Politics is the art of the possible.
    • Remark to Meyer von Waldeck, 11 August 1867. Quoted in Heinz Amelung, Bismarck-Worte, 1918; as reported in The Yale Book of Quotations, Yale University Press, 2006. This is widely attributed to Bismarck but there is no firsthand account of his exact words, as discussed in Ralph Keyes, The Quote Verifier, Macmillan, 2006.
  • Setzen wir Deutschland, so zu sagen, in den Sattel! Reiten wird es schon können.
    • Let us lift Germany, so to speak, into the saddle. It will certainly be able to ride.
    • Speech to Parliament of Confederation (1867)
  • He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.
    • Speech to North German Reichstag (21 May 1869)
  • Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, sonst aber Nichts in der Welt; und diese Gottesfurcht ist es schon, die uns den Frieden lieben und pflegen lässt.
    • We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world; and already that godliness is it, which let us love and foster peace.
    • Speech to the Reichstag (6 February 1888)
  • Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here... is France, and we're in the middle — that's my map of Africa.
    • Conversation with a colonial enthusiast revealing his disapproval of Colonialism. (1888)
  • Der alte Jude, das ist der Mann.
    • The old Jew, he is the man.
    • A conversation in 1879 on who was the centre of gravity at the Congress of Berlin, referring to Benjamin Disraeli, as quoted in Seven Great Statesmen in the Warfare of Humanity with Unreason (1912) by Andrew Dickson White, p. 482
  • With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to do with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half.
    • Survey Graphic (1939) by Paul Underwood Kellogg, p. 243
    • Variant: With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.
      • This variant seems to have originated in 20,000 Quips & Quotes‎ (1968) by Evan Esar, p. 72


  • There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.
    • This saying appears as early as 1849 in the form “the special providence over the United States and little children”, attributed to Abbé Correa. There is no good evidence that Bismarck ever repeated it. See talk page for more details.
  • Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.
  • Complete version: Who start with enthusiasm a preventive war against giant Tsarist Empire from its frontiers, he puts itself in ridiculous position, because he chooses the simplest method of «suicide from fear of death».
  • German: Wer einen Präventivkrieg gegen das riesige Zarenreich vom Zaun breche, begehe, mokierte er sich, nur zu leicht «Selbstmord aus Furcht vor dem Tod».
  • Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.
    • Though similar remarks are often attributed to Bismarck, this is the earliest known quote regarding laws and sausages, and is attributed to John Godfrey Saxe in The Daily Cleveland Herald (29 March 1869) and "Quote... Misquote" by Fred R. Shapiro in The New York Times (21 July 2008); according to Shapiro's research, such remarks only began to be attributed to Bismarck in the 1930s.
    • Variants often attributed to Bismarck:
    • If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.
    • Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made.
    • Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.
    • Laws are like sausages. You should never see them made.
    • Laws are like sausages. You should never watch them being made.
    • Law and sausage are two things you do not want to see being made.
    • No one should see how laws or sausages are made.
    • To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
    • The making of laws like the making of sausages, is not a pretty sight.
    • Je weniger die Leute darüber wissen, wie Würste und Gesetze gemacht werden, desto besser schlafen sie nachts.
      • The less the people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they sleep in the night.
        • (No citation exists for where this German phrase or this translation originated).

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Bismarck [1] is the state capitol of North Dakota.

View looking south from top of capital building
View looking south from top of capital building
ND State Capitol
ND State Capitol


Bismarck (pop. 55,532) is located in Burleigh County. Mandan is located adjacent across the "Big Muddy" Missouri River. The local area code is 701. Bismarck uses the following zipcodes: 58501-58507

Get in

By plane

A new Bismarck Municipal Airport (IATA: BIS) [2] was completed in late 2005 and is now fully operational. It is served by:

By train

Bismarck does offer freight stops however no public train transportation exists. The nearest Amtrak station is located in Minot, ND, which is around 100 miles north of Bismarck on US-83. There is also Amtrak service to Fargo, which is 190 miles east of Bismarck on Interstate 94. Both the Fargo and Minot Amtrak stops are on the Empire builder line which runs between Chicago and Seattle/Portland.

By car

You can get to Bismarck from the east or west via I-94, or from the north or south via US-83. Taxi 9000 does offer cab service for the area. They are usually at the airport upon arrivals.

By bus

Greyhound provides bus service along major interstate routes in North Dakota.

Get around

The airport offers car rental services or you may use taxi services as well. The CAT (Capital Area Transit) now provides limited public transit service between the airport and Kirkwood Mall.

The city services public transportation by running several bus routes throughout the area. It is called the Capital Area Transit (CAT). Route maps and information should be available at all major bus stops and the airport.


Bismarck has the state's tallest building, the capitol.

  • Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, 422 East Front Ave., Bismarck, ND. Art, photography and sculptures exhibits by local, regional and national artists. Open year round, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 1-3 p.m. Free admission. Tel: (701) 223-5986. Fax: 701-223-8960. Email: [3]
  • Buckstop Junction Missouri Valley Fairgrounds. Reconstructed village with buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1930s. Turn-of-the-century atmosphere. By appointment. Tel: (701) 226-1217 or (701) 223-4838. Admission fee is $2.
  • Camp Hancock state historic site, 101 West Main, Bismarck, ND. Open May 16 to September 15, Wednesday-Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM. Originally established in 1872 as a military post, Camp Creeley, then renamed Camp Hancock in 1973. Its mission was to provide protection for work gangs building the Northern Pacific Railroad. The camp headquarters, a log building, is still standing on the site. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710. Email:
  • Chief Looking's Village, Burnt Boat Drive NW, Bismarck, ND. Native American village site with self-guided tour of the grounds, contains earthlodge depressions and a fortification ditch. Tel: (701) 328-2666.
  • Dakota Zoo, in Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Variety of animal exhibits, including endangered monkeys, moose, and brown bears, some in natural habitats. Open late April to end of September from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. In the winter (October to late April), open Friday to Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission fee is $5.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Tel: (701) 223-7543. Fax: (701) 258-8350. Email: [4]
  • Double Ditch Indian Village, 7 miles north of Bismarck on Highway 1804. Remains of a large Mandan Indian earthlodge village that is believed to have been inhabited for almost 300 years until 1781. Eight interactive signs provide information on the site. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710.
  • Old Governor's Mansion state historic site, 320 East Avenue B, Bismarck. Restored Victorian mansion and carriage house. Originally constructed in 1884, it housed 21 ND governors from 1893 to 1960. Exhibits explain the restoration process, architectural style changes, and furniture used by several governors. Open May 16 to September 15, Wednesday thru Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00PM. Tel: (701) 328-2666. Fax: (701) 328-3710.
  • North Dakota Heritage Center and Sakakawea Statue, 612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. This is North Dakota's largest museum. It displays a collection of Plains Indian artifacts, as well as exhibits of North Dakota's military, agricultural, and natural history. Includes a special children's historical area. Sakakawea was the guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806. Her statue is displayed near the center's entrance. Open year round, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Tel: (701) 328-2666
  • North Dakota State Capitol, this art deco 19-story building is located at 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. After a fire destroyed the original bldg., the present structure was built on the same site in 1933, one of only 3 'skyscraper' style state capitol buildings in the United States. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with hourly tours, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tel: (701) 328-2471 or (701) 328-2480. Email:
  • Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame in the State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck. Displays portraits of recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the stat's highest, given to North Dakotans who have brought honor to the state. Open Year-round, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and during Memorial Day to Labor day, also open on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Tel: 701-328-2480


Missouri River

The Missouri River is a favorite with locals for fishing, swimming, and other water sports. Please keep in mind that rivers can be dangerous. It is important that young children wear life jackets and all people are conscious of those around them.

  • Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a 150-passenger paddle wheel riverboat based at the Port of Bismarck, River Road, Bismarck. Afternoon and evening round-trip cruises on the Missouri River from the historic Port of Bismarck to Fort Lincoln and the On-A-Slant Mandan Village. Dinner and beverage service available for regular cruises and charters. Narrations and reenactments provided during cruises. Call for regular scheduled cruises from April through October. Tel: (701)255-4233. Email: [5]
  • The Desert is a local hangout in the summer. The desert is located on the east bank of the Missouri south of the University of Mary. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the desert by car. A boat ramp (Kimball Bottoms) is located in the area, and continuing past the boat ramp while following the shoreline for about another mile will bring you to a large sandbar beach where you may park your car and camp. This area is often extremely crowded during the summer, especially on holidays and weekends. During the week, it can be much more relaxing. A large area is located adjacent to the beach that is used by off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes and 4-wheelers.

While generally North Dakotans are very respectful and generous people, when large amounts of people are at the desert, it can be a hard place for families to enjoy time together. There is often plenty of partying and alcohol consumption. If you have small children, this is an area best avoided on weekends and major holidays (mainly the 4th of July), especially when the weather is good.

  • Boating is a great way to spend a long weekend or a lazy summer evening. A map showing boat ramps can be found here. There are generally many sandbars available in the Bismarck area to dock on. Much like the desert, sandbars near the bridges in the middle of Bismarck-Mandan often become crowded and rowdy on hot summer days. Head away from the middle of town, to the north or south, for some seclusion and relaxation.

Water-skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding are all popular activities, as well. Be aware that it is often dangerous to do these things within the vicinity of the four bridges spanning the river, as there is often too much boat traffic. Heading one mile up or down river will help you to have a safer (and more fun!) time. Be aware that state law requires two people on the boat/jet-ski in cases of pulling someone on a tube, wakeboard, etc. One person is required to sit at the back of the boat and 'spot' for the people being pulled. There are state Game & Fish boats enforcing these rules.

  • Play Cro-Shoes. This is a great river tradition. The game was invented by Vern Peterson, a local, in 1987. The game combines elements of horse shoes and other games to provide a unique sandbar game. Game sets are available at Scheel's Sports, located at Kirkwood Mall, or through the Cro-Shoes website contact page.
  • Huff Hills Ski Area, located in the buttes on the western banks of the Missouri River, is the largest downhill ski area in North Dakota, with a vertical drop of 450 feet. Huff Hills is located 18 miles south of Mandan on ND State Highway 1806. The scenic drive takes around 45 minutes from Bismarck, and around 30 minutes from Mandan.

Cross-country skiing is often possible in Bismarck. Bismarck Parks & Recreation Department grooms trails at Riverwood Golf Course if snow conditions allow. It is often possible to ski in the countryside around Bismarck, but remember that trespassing on private property is a crime!

Bismarck offers two movie theaters (see movie showtimes):

  • Carmike has a theater in Gateway Mall in North Bismarck.
  • Locally-owned Grand Theaters is the favorite among local movie enthusiasts. It offers stadium seating in most of its theaters. The theater features curved screens, two giant screens, rocking seats, a theater with many loveseats, and lavish decor. If you find yourself in Theater 15, look up, there are twinkling stars in the ceiling. Grand Theaters is well worth the $7.75 to see a film.

The Bismarck Civic Center is home to the Bismarck Bobcats(hockey), Dakota Wizards (Basketball) and the Roughriders (Arena Football.) The civic center also offers the occasional concert, featuring performers such as Clay Aiken.

  • Dakota Zoo is located between Sertoma Park and the Missouri River in southwest Bismarck. It offers many fascinating exhibits, including moose, bears, and river otters. As of late 2007, admission is $3 for children 2-12, $6 for 13+, and children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge.
  • Superslide Amusement Park, Riverside Park Road, Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Superslide, ferris wheel, carousel, batting cages, tubs, swings, bumper cars, critter track, whisper carts, mini-golf, bankshot basketball. Open from May through mid-September, weather permitting, daily from noon to 10:00 PM. Tel: (701) 255-1107 or 400-4273.
  • Camping General Sibley Park, 501 South Washington St., Bismarck, ND. 150 tent sites, 115 RV sites with electric. 4 miles south on Washington Street. Tel: (701) 222-1844. Fax: (701) 222-0774. Email: [6]
  • Midway Lanes just across the Missouri river in Mandan, is the only area bowling lanes. 3327 Memorial Highway, Mandan. Tel: (701) 663-0277
  • Dakota OutRight, a non-profit organization that serves as a regional community resource and provides gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) diversity education and promotes unity within the GLBT community and allies in western and central North Dakota.
  • Gateway to Science, located in the former Masonic Temple. Interactive exhibits for all ages for learning about science. Open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5:00 PM. Tel: (701) 258-1975.
  • Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park is made historically important because within its boundaries are the ruins of On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village and the Fort Abraham Lincoln cavalry and infantry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. It has 95 camping sites. There are special events year-round. Guided horse-back trail riding is available in the summer and offers a wide view of the Missouri basin in this area. Tel: (800) 807-4723


The average wage in Bismarck is about $31,000


Bismarck offers two major shopping malls, newly remodeled Gateway Fashion Mall in north Bismarck, and Kirkwood Mall in south Bismarck. Kirkwood Mall is the city's largest mall. It is anchored by Target, JCPenney, Herberger's, Scheel's Sports, and I. Keating Furniture World.

Besides the mall Bismarck has Wal-Mart, Kmart, Staples, Office Depot, and Menards. Bismarck added about 1.5 million square feet of retail during the past 12 months including two Super Walmarts, Sams Club, Lowes, Kohls, and many other shops. The majority of the newer retail centers are in the northern part of the city.


Keep in mind that most of Bismarck's commercialized restaurants are off of I-94 Exit 159 (Hwy. 83/State St.) or near Kirkwood Mall on the south side. For a more unique dining experience, explore restaurants in the historic Downtown area. This district's Fiesta Villa, in the former train station, or Peacock Alley, in the former Patterson Hotel are local favorites.

Many North Dakotans are meat eaters and these restaurants do not disappoint in this area. Pasta entrees and seafood are quite popular as well, rounding out most menus. Due to ND's landlocked location, seafood must be flown in regularly, so a seared ahi tuna steak is likely to be at least 'good'. However northern pike, walleye, buffalo, ostrich, and pheasant are likely to be local and fresh. These items are worth a try to capture a more authentic taste of North Dakota.


Bismarck offers multiple fast food restaurants.

  • The Walrus,1136 N. 3rd St., in Arrowhead Plaza, (701)250-0020 has been a locally owned restaurant for over 10 years and is a local favorite. Try any one of their signature pasta dishes, unique pizzas, house-made soups, or select from the 20+ beers that they have to offer in addition to their reasonably sized wine menu.
  • DiDonna's, 505 East Bismarck Expressway, (701) 223-0012. Excellent Italian restaurant located just off the Bismarck Expressway. Most pasta dishes range from $10-$13 while seafood costs slightly more.

Do you like to eat until you're sick?

  • All American Steakhouse Buffet. Offering steak or chicken as their primary meat of choice, and all the extras you could think of. Also The Golden Corral opened in 2007. Excellent buffet! Bring your appetite.
  • Peacock Alley Bar & Grill, 422 E. Main Ave., (701)255-7917. Located in the historic Patterson Hotel Building, within walking distance of the Bismarck Civic Center and Bismarck's downtown events. Peacock's dining room reflects the original glamour of this historical jewel. The wide variety of Cajun, American & Italian entrees are individually prepared to perfection. Less expensive lunches, and bar food can be ordered from the Peacock Alley bar adjacent to the dining room.
  • Bistro, 1100 East Front Ave, (701) 224-8800. Consistently rated best restaurant in Bismarck by readers of the Bismarck Tribune. It features a variety dishes including regional Italian specialties. Thursday night is Sushi night with live music.
  • East 40 Chophouse & Tavern, 1401 Interchange Avenue (just southeast of I-94 Exit 159), (701) 258-7222. Another well-known fine-dining establishment in Bismarck. Monday night is sushi night with live music.
  • Pirogue Grille, 121 N. 4th St., (701)223-3770. The restaurant concept features Midwest regional cuisine that changes with the seasons. Featured menu items include walleye, bison, duck, and house-made venison sausage. Pirogue Grille prides itself on the great selection of desserts and breads, all made in house, as well as having an extensive wine list featuring many different varietals.


Bismarck has multiple local adult establishments. Popularity shifts as frequently as the weather. If you're into the nightlife, you'd be better asking the locals where most people in your age group hang out. Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, simply called Bucks, is consistently popular with 20- and 30-somethings. The Elbow Room can be a veritable local high school reunion on some weekend nights.

If you like a variety of beers, try O'Briens, Sport's Page, or Peacock Alley.

The hangout for politicians when the state legislature is in session is the Peacock Alley Bar, located in the historic Patterson Hotel building in downtown Bismarck. Government-types have been calling the "Peacock" their after-hours home for more than half a century. The regular crowd includes a variety ranging from 20-somethings to middle-aged downtown business folk, generally people that appreciate the atmosphere, good conversation, and variety of libations the location has provided since first opening in 1911.


See also Mandan listings.

  • AmericInn, I-94 and Exit 159, north on Highway 83, Tel: (701) 250-1000. Toll Free: (800) 634-3444. Fax: 701-250-1103
  • Best Western Doublewood Inn, 1400 East Interchange Ave. Located at I-94 and Exit 159. Tel: (701) 258-7000. Toll Free: (800) 554-7077. Fax: (701) 258-2001. [
  • Best Western Ramkota Hotel, formerly Radisson Ramkota, 800 South 3rd St,, Bismarck, ND. Located across from Kirkwood Mall. 306 rooms, 8 suites, indoor water park with 150 foot waterslide, sauna, whirlpool, fitness club. Tel: (701) 258-7700. Toll Free: (800) 528-1234. Fax: (701) 224-8212. [7]
  • Bismarck Motor Hotel, Tel: (701) 223-2474. Fax: (701) 223-3190
  • Budget Inn Express, . Tel: (701) 255-1450
  • Comfort Inn, 300 East Interstate Ave., I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-1911. Fax: (701) 223-6977
  • Comfort Suites, 929 Gateway Ave., I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-4009. Fax: (701) 223-9119.
  • Days Inn, 1300 E. Capital Avenue, I-94, Exit 159 north. Tel: (701) 223-9151. Fax: (701) 223-9423.
  • Expressway Inn and Suites, Across from Kirkwood Mall. Tel: (701) 222-2900. Toll Free: (800) 456-6388. Fax: (701) 222-3311. [8]
  • Fairfield Inn North, I-94, Exit 159 north on Highway 83, Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 223-9077. Fax: (701) 223-9077. Email:
  • Fairfield Inn South, near Kirkwood Mall off Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND. Tel: (701) 223-9293. Toll Free: (800) 228-2800. Fax: (701) 223-9293.
  • Hillside Motel, 1601 N 12 St., Tel: (701) 223-7986
  • Kelly Inn, 1800 North 12th St., I-94, Exit 159 S on State Street. Tel: (701) 223-8001. Toll Free: (800) 635-3559, (Fax: (701) 221-2685. Email: [9]
  • Motel 6, 2433 State St., I-94, Exit 159 north on Highway 83. Tel: (701) 255-6878. Fax: (701) 223-7534
  • Radisson Hotel, 605 East Broadway Ave., Tel: (701) 255-6000. Toll Free: (800) 333-3333. Fax: (701) 233-0400. Email: [10]
  • Ramada Limited Suites, 3808 E Divide Ave., I-94, Exit 161. Tel: (701) 221-3030. Fax: (701) 221-3030. Email: [11]
  • Select Inn, 1505 Interchange Ave., I-94, Exit 159 S. Tel: (701) 223-8060. Toll Free: (800) 641-1000. Fax: (701) 223-8293. [12]
  • Super 8 Motel, I-94, Exit 159 N. Tel: (701) 255-1314. Toll Free: (800) 800-8000
  • White Lace Bed and Breakfast, 807 N 6th St., 1918 historic Victorian style home with 2 guest rooms, antiques. Tel: (701) 258-6877

Stay safe

Bismarck is a relatively safe town. Your biggest danger is the winter weather.
In the winter don't forget proper clothing for harsh weathers. For 20 days in Jan 04-Feb 04, the temp did not get above 0 deg F. The coldest temp was in Minot, ND, at -45F (-75 windchill) while Bismarck was at a "balmy" -43F.
If your car has a block heater, remember to plug it into a wall outlet. Local rental cars will have block heaters installed. If you don't know what to look for, ask the rental place; they will know. Block heaters will keep the car from freezing up during sub-zero temps.
From April-October, most of the state will conduct its road construction projects. During this season, plan for occasional delays in the city of Bismarck and on the roads to get to the city.

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BISMARCK, the capital of North Dakota, U.S.A., the countyseat of Burleigh county, on the E. bank of the Missouri river, in the S. central part of the state. Pop. (1890) 2186; (1900) 3319, of whom 746 were foreign-born; (1905, state census) 4913. It is on the main line of the Northern Pacific, and on the Minneapolis, St Paul & Sault Ste Marie railways; and steamboats run from here to Mannhaven, Mercer county, and Fort Yates, Morton county. The city is about 1650 ft. above sea-level. It contains the state capitol, the state penitentiary, a U.S. land office, a U.S. surveyor-general's office, a U.S. Indian school and a U.S. weather station; about a mile S. of the city is Fort Lincoln, a United States army post. Bismarck is the headquarters for navigation of the upper Missouri river, is situated in a good agricultural region, and has a large wholesale trade, shipping grain, hides, furs, wool and coal. It was founded in 1873, and was chartered as a city in 1876; from 1883 to 1889 it was the capital of Dakota Territory, on the division of which it became the capital of North Dakota.

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  1. A German family name.
  2. A major German battleship during World War 2.
  3. Otto von Bismarck, one of the prominent German statesmen of the nineteenth century.
  4. The capital city of the state of North Dakota

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  • Bismarckian


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Bismarck is a German family name. Bismark is an incorrect spelling.


Otto von Bismarck

The name Bismarck is usually associated with the famous Otto von Bismarck, a German statesman of the 19th century.


Battlecruiser class

  • Fürst Bismarck, a Mackensen class battlecruiser of the German navy, still under construction at the time of the 1918 Armistice and never completed.


The Bismarck was a battleship of the German navy during WWII

  • The Bismarck Chase
  • Sink the Bismarck!, a 1960 movie about the sinking of the Bismarck
    • Sink the Bismarck, a 1960 Johnny Horton song inspired by the movie
  • Expedition: Bismarck, a 2002 documentary about the battleship Bismarck.

Ocean liners

  • The SS Bismarck of 1914 became the RMS Majestic as a part of World War I war reparations.



Buildings and Structures

  • "Bismarck towers"
    • Bismarck Tower Stettin

Other people named Bismarck

  • Herebord von Bismarck, the first verifiable holder of the name (from the 13th century)
  • Ludolf August von Bismarck (1683-1750), a Russian General
  • Levin Friedrich von Bismarck (1703-1774), a Prussian Attorney General
  • August Wilhelm von Bismarck (1750-1783), a Prussian Finance Minister
  • Friedrich Alexander Graf von Bismarck-Bohlen (1818-1894), a Prussian General
  • Herbert von Bismarck (1849-1904), Secretary of State, son of Otto von Bismarck
  • Gottfried von Bismarck (1881-1928)
  • Bernhard von Bismarck
  • Otto Fürst von Bismarck (1815-1898), a highly influential German politician of the 19th century. Prime Minister of Prussia, and Chancellor of the Second German Reich.
  • Gottfried Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen (1901-1949), a Nazi parliamentary representative, grandson of Otto von Bismarck
  • Count Gottfried von Bismarck (1962-2007) son of Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck, great-great-grandson of the famous Otto von Bismarck
  • Philipp von Bismarck (b. 1913), a German politician of the CDU party
  • Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck
  • Klaus von Bismarck, 1961-1976, and administrator of a German radio station
  • Gunilla von Bismarck (b. 1949), great-granddaughter of Otto von Bismarck, a German philanthropist
  • Carl-Eduard von Bismarck (b. 1961), great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck, a German politician
  • Aurel von Bismarck, a musician and composer


  • Bismarck, a beer mix also known as a Black Velvet
  • Bismarck herring, a variant of rollmops


  • Sei Jūshi Bismarck, a Japanese anime series released by Studio Pierrot in 1984.


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