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Bucyrus, North Dakota
A grain elevator just outside Bucyrus
A grain elevator just outside Bucyrus
Location of Bucyrus, North Dakota
Location of Bucyrus, North Dakota
Bucyrus, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Bucyrus, North Dakota
Bucyrus, North Dakota
Location in North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Adams
Founded 1908
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,782 ft (848 m)
 • Total 27
 • Estimate 
 • Density 74.29/sq mi (28.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-10300
GNIS feature ID 1028170

Bucyrus is a city in Adams County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 27 at the 2010 census.

The city was founded in 1907 along the Milwaukee Road's transcontinental rail line known as the Pacific Extension. Before being named Bucyrus in 1908, the city was called first Wolf Butte and then Dolan, which was ultimately rejected due to similarity with Doland, South Dakota. The new name Bucyrus was taken from the Bucyrus Company steam shovels used to build the railroad grade within the city.

In 1922 a cyclone hit and destroyed the home of the Herbert and Ruth Spencer family in Bucyrus, killing three and injuring three. After the storm, the surviving family members could not find the baby, Shirley, 13 months old. A search party finally found baby Shirley the next day, sleeping soundly among bricks from the chimney in a wheat field half a mile from the home. For the rest of her life, Shirley Spencer was known as "the Cyclone Baby."

The town was struck by a wind-fueled wildfire on October 18, 2012. Much of the town was destroyed and 26 people were displaced.


Bucyrus is located at 46°3′52″N 102°47′20″W / 46.06444°N 102.78889°W / 46.06444; -102.78889 (46.064452, -102.788761).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 113
1930 124 9.7%
1940 117 −5.6%
1950 111 −5.1%
1960 60 −45.9%
1970 42 −30.0%
1980 32 −23.8%
1990 22 −31.2%
2000 26 18.2%
2010 27 3.8%
2019 (est.) 26 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 27 people, 11 households, and 8 families residing in the city. The population density was 77.1 inhabitants per square mile (29.8/km2). There were 17 housing units at an average density of 48.6 per square mile (18.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 11 households, of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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