Discover hidden gems, personalities, facts and special events in our North Dakota communities. Each month a new community will be featured with fun-filled highlights which can be easily added to an itinerary.
Walsh County was created and Grafton became the county seat of Walsh County during an 1881 territorial legislation session in Yankton, S.D. Grafton and Walsh County became a melting pot of ethnicity with Norwegian, Swedish, Czech, Polish, French, Irish and Scottish pioneers settling in the area. According to the 2010 census, 4,284 people call Grafton home. The city’s top employers are Marvin Windows, Diverse Energy, Life Skills and Transitional Center, Unity Medical Center, Hugo’s Grocery and Grafton’s Public Schools.
Hidden Gems: The Historic Elmwood House, an 1895 Victorian home once known as the “Williamson’s House,” is located on 20 acres in an oxbow of the Park River in northeast Grafton. Seven of those acres are listed on the Natural Area Registry as an example of river bottom forest.... Heritage Village and Jugville Museum was featured as an “off-the-beaten-path” attraction on Roadside America. Sig Jagielski built more than 13 buildings and fi lled them with antiques and period piece items. The Heritage Village has an old-fashioned carousel, theater and auditorium.
Did you know: Grafton’s Carnegie Regional Library opened in 1897 and was the fi rst North Dakota public library? The Carnegies collection houses more than 49,000 volumes and circulates 33,000 items per year. ... The city of Grafton owns a portion of the Coyote Coal Mine in Beulah.
Personalities: Clint Richie, born August 9, 1938, in Grafton, had a reoccurring role on the day-time soap opera “One Life to Live,” as Clint Buchanan. He played husband to Victoria Lord. He is also credited with teaching Tom Selleck how to ride a horse. ... John H. Fraine move to Grafton in 1885, where his accomplishments include enlisting in the First Dakota Infantry Division of the Dakota National Guard as a private. He moved through the ranks to major; and successfully ran for three terms in the state legislature. He was elected lieutenant governor and is also responsible for introducing HB 152 proposing an offi cial fl ag of North Dakota. On March 3, 1911, our North Dakota State flag was adopted.
Special Events: Summerfest, June 26-29, 2014 (www.grandforksfair.com). This community festival includes a midway full of fun rides, dog and horse shows, rhubarb baking contest, pie and ice cream socials, street concerts and the entertaining ATV mud run.
To have your community highlighted in the tourism newsletter, please contact Deanne Cunningham at 701-328-2502 or click here for the online form.
A new adventure in North Dakota begins as soon as you step out of the motorcoach, RV or bus or slide off a motorcycle. Participate in one of the many group activities, attractions or special events where culture and heritage comes alive. This legendary memory will last a lifetime.
Group Travel Guide
The North Dakota Group Travel Itinerary Guide highlights tours around North Dakota. Click here for a printable version of the North Dakota group travel guide. Check out the new 2013 Profile Sheet! Contact Group Tour Coordinator Deanne Cunningham at 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2502.