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Fort Ransom, North Dakota
—  City  —
Location of Fort Ransom, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°31′16″N 97°55′45″W / 46.52111°N 97.92917°W / 46.52111; -97.92917Coordinates: 46°31′16″N 97°55′45″W / 46.52111°N 97.92917°W / 46.52111; -97.92917
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ransom
 - Total 0.3 sq mi (.8 km2)
 - Land 0.3 sq mi (.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,135 ft (346 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 70
 Density 233.1/sq mi (90.0/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58033
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-27580[1]
GNIS feature ID 1029016[2]

Fort Ransom is a city in Ransom County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 70 at the 2000 census. Fort Ransom was founded in 1880.



Fort Ransom is located at 46°31′16″N 97°55′45″W / 46.52111°N 97.92917°W / 46.52111; -97.92917 (46.521154, -97.929141)[3]. Fort Ransom is located in the Sheyenne River valley. Fort Ransom State Park is located nearby.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 70 people, 37 households, and 19 families residing in the city. The population density was 233.1 people per square mile (90.1/km²). There were 44 housing units at an average density of 146.5/sq mi (56.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 37 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.6% were non-families. 48.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.89 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 37.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,375, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,242. There were 11.8% of families and 11.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 17.4% of those over 64.


The Fort Ransom Military Post was established in 1867. It was built to protect settlers and railroad workers who were working on the Northern Pacific Railroad between Fargo and Bismarck. It was named for distinguished Civil War veteran Major General Thomas E.G. Ransom. The fort was built on top of Grizzly Bear Hill, a site chosen by Brigadier General Alfred H. Terry.

Fort Ransom was dismantled in 1872 and the materials were used to build Fort Seward at Jamestown, North Dakota in Stutsman County. The army had determined that protection of the Northern Pacific Railroad crew at the James River crossing was a higher priority than protecting the overland route. The final disposition of the military reservation took place on July 14, 1880, when it was turned over to the Department of Interior for survey and sale to homesteaders.[1]

The original site of the fort is located to the southwest of the town of Fort Ransom and 3 miles south of Fort Ransom State Park




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