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Bottineau, North Dakota
"Tommy Turtle", symbol of Bottineau
"Tommy Turtle", symbol of Bottineau
Nickname(s): 
Four Seasons Playground
Motto(s): 
Vi Skal Vinne
Location of Bottineau, North Dakota
Location of Bottineau, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bottineau
Area
 • Total 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Land 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,637 ft (499 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,194
 • Density 1,636.78/sq mi (632.07/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58318
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-08460
GNIS feature ID 1028083
Highways ND 5
Website Bottineau

Bottineau is a city in Bottineau County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Bottineau County and is located just over ten miles (16 km) south of the Canada–United States border. The city's population was 2,194 at the 2020 census.

The city is home to Dakota College at Bottineau. Attractions in Bottineau include the Bottineau Winter Park and "Tommy Turtle," the world's largest turtle, which has become a landmark for the city. Built in 1978 and thirty feet (9 m) in height, the fiberglass turtle is located in the eastern half of the city and was built as a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains. The International Peace Garden is nearby to the northeast.

Bottineau is also home to Programmer's Broadcasting, which owns and operates KBTO, along with KTZU and KWGO in Minot.

History

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Pierre Bottineau

Bottineau was founded in 1883 as Oak Creek as a customs station and an overnight stagecoach stop. The town name was changed to Bottineau in 1884 in honor of Pierre Bottineau (c.1814-1895), a Métis pioneer, hunter, and trapper who became a successful land speculator.

The town was originally located about 1.5 miles north of its current location. The entire town was moved south in 1887 to where the Great Northern Railway was installing new tracks.

In 2012 a new chalet called Annie's House was built in Bottineau Winter Park (16 km North of Bottineau). The facility will be North Dakota's first ski facility for handicapped children and wounded veterans. It is being built to honor Ann Nicole Nelson, who was the only North Dakotan to die in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2), all of it land.

Climate data for Bottineau, North Dakota (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 15.6
(-9.11)
20.9
(-6.17)
33.3
(0.72)
53.0
(11.67)
65.5
(18.61)
74.0
(23.33)
79.6
(26.44)
79.3
(26.28)
68.3
(20.17)
53.1
(11.72)
34.0
(1.11)
19.1
(-7.17)
49.6
(9.78)
Average low °F (°C) -4.3
(-20.17)
0.8
(-17.33)
14.4
(-9.78)
28.9
(-1.72)
40.8
(4.89)
50.8
(10.44)
55.4
(13)
53.3
(11.83)
42.8
(6)
29.4
(-1.44)
15.2
(-9.33)
0.6
(-17.44)
27.3
(-2.61)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.47
(11.9)
0.40
(10.2)
0.78
(19.8)
1.00
(25.4)
2.41
(61.2)
3.60
(91.4)
2.73
(69.3)
2.41
(61.2)
1.50
(38.1)
1.32
(33.5)
0.69
(17.5)
0.57
(14.5)
17.87
(453.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.8
(22.4)
5.7
(14.5)
6.5
(16.5)
3.6
(9.1)
1.3
(3.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
2.8
(7.1)
7.2
(18.3)
9.2
(23.4)
45.1
(114.6)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 145
1900 888 512.4%
1910 1,331 49.9%
1920 1,172 −11.9%
1930 1,322 12.8%
1940 1,739 31.5%
1950 2,268 30.4%
1960 2,613 15.2%
1970 2,760 5.6%
1980 2,829 2.5%
1990 2,598 −8.2%
2000 2,336 −10.1%
2010 2,211 −5.4%
2020 2,194 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,211 people, 972 households, and 538 families living in the city. The population density was 2,028.4 inhabitants per square mile (783.2/km2). There were 1,085 housing units at an average density of 995.4 per square mile (384.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 0.7% African American, 4.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 972 households, of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 44.9 years. 18.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 24.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Economy

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Downtown Bottineau. The "Botno" theater name reflects the local pronunciation of Bottineau.

The economy in Bottineau is based on agriculture and recreational activities.

The city's commercial district consists mainly of small local shops, but a Wal-Mart Supercenter store is now operating within Bottineau; some consider this unusual for a town of such a small size. Bottineau is also home to the Bottineau County Fair, which is the state's oldest county fair.

Education

K-12

Bottineau Public Schools, the local school district, operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.

Higher education

  • Dakota College at Bottineau

Notable people

  • Duane Klueh, retired basketball player and coach; former head coach for Indiana State men's basketball team
  • Ryan Kraft, left wing hockey player with the German Kassel Huskies
  • Gregory R. Page, president and CEO of Cargill inc
  • Ronald Paulson, English professor, expert on William Hogarth works
  • Neal Peterson, musician
  • Tom Rapp, leader of the band Pearls Before Swine
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