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Fort Ransom, North Dakota
Fort Ransom Community Hall
Fort Ransom Community Hall
Location of Fort Ransom, North Dakota
Location of Fort Ransom, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ransom
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,135 ft (346 m)
 • Total 77
 • Estimate 
 • Density 243.51/sq mi (94.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-27580
GNIS feature ID 1029016

Fort Ransom is a city in Ransom County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 77 at the 2010 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). 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 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 99
1990 111 12.1%
2000 70 −36.9%
2010 77 10.0%
2019 (est.) 75 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 77 people, 43 households, and 25 families residing in the city. The population density was 256.7 inhabitants per square mile (99.1/km2). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 213.3 per square mile (82.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 43 households, of which 7.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.9% were non-families. 41.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.79 and the average family size was 2.32.

The median age in the city was 59.8 years. 5.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 7.8% were from 25 to 44; 44.2% were from 45 to 64; and 39% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.


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.

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.

Notable person

  • Carleton Opgaard, founding president of Vancouver Island University

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