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Rhame, North Dakota
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Location of Rhame, North Dakota
Location of Rhame, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bowman
Founded 1908
Named for Mitchell D. Rhame
 • Total 1.50 sq mi (3.87 km2)
 • Land 1.50 sq mi (3.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,192 ft (973 m)
 • Total 169
 • Estimate 
 • Density 110.37/sq mi (42.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-66300
GNIS feature ID 1030890

Rhame is a city in Bowman County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 169 at the 2010 census. Rhame was founded in 1908.


Rhame was founded in 1908 as Petrel, North Dakota, when the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, the "Milwaukee Road," established a station here. The post office was established February 8, 1908, but was changed to Rhame in June 1908, since Petrel was already in use for a railroad station in neighboring Adams County. The city and surrounding Rhame Township were named for Mitchell Davison Rhame (1846 – 1913), who was a district engineer for the railroad.

Rhame incorporated as a village in 1913. It became a city in 1967 after the North Dakota Legislature eliminated incorporation titles for villages and towns. As a result, all incorporated municipalities in North Dakota automatically adopted a city form of government.

Rhame had a weekly newspaper from 1908 through 1953: Rhame Review (1908-1918), Farmers Review (1918-1920), Rhame Review (1920-1953). The editor beginning in 1918 was Alfred D. Fuller, a person born Hattie Fuller who then identified as a man after moving to Chicago as a young woman.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), all land. The city's elevation of 3,192 feet (973 m) makes it the highest town in North Dakota.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 302
1930 356 17.9%
1940 283 −20.5%
1950 340 20.1%
1960 254 −25.3%
1970 206 −18.9%
1980 222 7.8%
1990 186 −16.2%
2000 189 1.6%
2010 169 −10.6%
2019 (est.) 165 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 169 people, 81 households, and 43 families living in the city. The population density was 111.9 inhabitants per square mile (43.2/km2). There were 107 housing units at an average density of 70.9 per square mile (27.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White and 1.8% from two or more races.

There were 81 households, of which 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.9% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 18.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 35.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.7% male and 47.3% female.


It is within Bowman County School District 1, which operates Rhame School (K-6) and sends secondary students from Rhame to Bowman County High School.

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