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Washburn, North Dakota
2007 Tractor Trek traveling down Main Ave. in Washburn
2007 Tractor Trek traveling down Main Ave. in Washburn
"The Grandest Little City on the Missouri-Washburn, North Dakota"
ND McLean County Washburn.svg
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McLean
Founded 1882
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Land 1.69 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
1,755 ft (535 m)
 • Total 1,246
 • Estimate 
 • Density 750.15/sq mi (289.71/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-83700
GNIS feature ID 1032690
Highways US 83, US 83 Bus., ND 200 Alt.

Washburn is a city in southern McLean County, North Dakota, United States. Located along the upper Missouri River, it is the county seat of McLean County. The population was 1,246 at the 2010 census.

Washburn was founded in 1882 near the former site of Fort Mandan, winter quarters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804-1805, near a Mandan village. The town was designated as the county seat in 1883. The city's name honors General Cadwallader C. Washburn.

Washburn is home to the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which focuses on the Expedition's winter near the Mandan village. It houses a full-scale replica of Fort Mandan, which workers of the expedition built as their base, and one of the expedition's canoes.


Washburn is located at 47°17′29″N 101°1′40″W / 47.29139°N 101.02778°W / 47.29139; -101.02778 (47.291313, -101.027647).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.89 square miles (4.90 km2), of which 1.80 square miles (4.66 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 657
1920 558 −15.1%
1930 753 34.9%
1940 901 19.7%
1950 913 1.3%
1960 993 8.8%
1970 804 −19.0%
1980 1,767 119.8%
1990 1,506 −14.8%
2000 1,389 −7.8%
2010 1,246 −10.3%
2019 (est.) 1,264 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,246 people, 551 households, and 369 families living in the city. The population density was 692.2 inhabitants per square mile (267.3/km2). There were 661 housing units at an average density of 367.2 per square mile (141.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 551 households, of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 46.2 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 35.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.3% male and 48.7% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Washburn has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

  • Mary Ann Barnes Williams, Pioneer Days of Washburn, N. Dakota and Vicinity. Washburn, ND: Washburn Leader, 1936.
  • McLean County Heritage. Washburn, ND: McLean County Historical Society, 1978.

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