North Dakota was carved out of the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889. Much of present-day North Dakota looks about like it did when it was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
With a population of 672,591 residents, it is one of the least populated states in the Union. This is a good thing.
It is by far one of the most breathtaking states in the union with massive skies and swirling clouds, abundant wildlife and windswept fields of sunflowers and wheat.
The people that settled this land, and their descendants today, defied overwhelming challenges to settle and work the land.
They relied on Faith, love, honesty, integrity, hard work and friends to get them through. Life was hard, lives were short in those early days.
This is a personal look at North Dakota, the incredible vistas and is a tribute to the people that settled this beautiful land.
Death came often to those that tried to tame the vast western US. Settlers carried many traditions as they tried to stake their claim to a hostile land.
Traditions were carried from home, amongst them the creation of ornate iron crosses to mark settlers graves, strong enough to withstand even the most violent winds and storms.