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Antler, North Dakota
former U.S. Customs house in Antler
former U.S. Customs house in Antler
Location of Antler, North Dakota
Location of Antler, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bottineau
Founded 1905
Area
 • Total 0.19 sq mi (0.48 km2)
 • Land 0.19 sq mi (0.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,535 ft (468 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 27
 • Estimate 
(2019)
26
 • Density 139.78/sq mi (54.03/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58711
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-02660
GNIS feature ID 1027718

Antler is a city in Bottineau County in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The population was 27 at the 2010 census. Antler was founded in 1905.

History

Antler was established as a rural post office in 1898. It moved to its present location in 1902 to be closer to the Great Northern Railway to the south. The town was formally platted and founded in 1905, and reached a population of 342 by the 1910 Census. The population declined to 101 by the 1980 Census, and just 47 as of the 2000 census.

Customs house in Antler, North Dakota, alternate view
Views of the old customs house in Antler

Antler's last school closed in 1981. Fearing the end of their town, Rick Jorgensen and Harley "Bud" Kissner thought of ways to bring in newcomers with school-age children to the town with the intent of keeping the school open. Rick thought of the idea to give away land and Bud volunteered some of his 640-acre (2.6 km2) farm to modern homesteaders. The deal was to stay for 5 years and enroll the children in the Antler elementary school. Rick drew up a newspaper ad while a wire service spread the story. The story made national network news aired twice on NBC evening edition with the first story stating the reason was to increase the population and the second story about its role in reopening of the town's schools by the land giveaway. Rick received letters from all over including international letters from Germany and Australia. The plan worked for just a few years, with 6 families receiving plots of 5 or 9 acres (36,000 m2).

White nationalists

In 2015, after failing to turn Leith into an all white community, Craig Cobb moved to Sherwood, near Antler. Craig has expressed a desire to turn the town into a white nationalist community.. In response, the town and mayor destroyed several historic buildings Cobb wanted to purchase.

Geography

Antler is located in Antler Township along the United States border with Canada. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2), all of it land. Both Antler and the surrounding township are named for nearby Antler Creek, whose branches resemble deer antlers when viewed on a map.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 342
1920 265 −22.5%
1930 318 20.0%
1940 254 −20.1%
1950 217 −14.6%
1960 210 −3.2%
1970 135 −35.7%
1980 101 −25.2%
1990 74 −26.7%
2000 47 −36.5%
2010 27 −42.6%
2019 (est.) 26 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 27 people, 16 households, and 6 families residing in the city. The population density was 158.8 inhabitants per square mile (61.3/km2). There were 29 housing units at an average density of 170.6 per square mile (65.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White and 3.7% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 16 households, of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 62.5% were non-families. 62.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 43.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.69 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 53.5 years. 14.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 11.1% were from 25 to 44; 37% were from 45 to 64; and 33.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.

Attractions

Antler is the home of what was previously the world's largest historical quilt.

742d Missile Squadron - ALL
742d Missile Squadron - ALL

Antler is home to the O-2 Flight, "King Stag", LGM-30 Minuteman Nuclear Missile silo (48-58-01 North, 101-15-36 West), with the distinction of being the closest continental nuclear missile to a Nuclear-missile-free Canada. The site is manned by Missile Operations Flights, Operation Support Flight, and Security Forces Flight crews from the 742d Missile Squadron of the 91st Missile Wing "Rough Riders", based out of Minot AFB, Minot, North Dakota.

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