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Minot

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Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as "Magic City", commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.Minot is the principal city of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers McHenry, Renville, and Ward counties and had a combined population of 69,540 at the 2010 census. In 2012, it was estimated that the population of the Minot Micropolitan Area was 73,146.HistoryMinot came into existence in 1886, when James J. Hill's Great Northern Railway ended its push through the state for the winter, after having difficulty constructing a trestle across Gassman Coulee. It was the end of the railway's line, so whenever a train came into the town and the stop was announced, the conductor would call out "Minot, this is Minot, North Dakota, prepare to meet your doom". A tent town sprang up overnight, as if by "magic", thus the city came to be known as the Magic City, and in the next five months, the population increased to over 5,000 residents, further adding to the nickname's validity.
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Park
Scandinavian Heritage Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Zoo
Roosevelt Park Zoo
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Dakota Territory Air Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
North Dakota State Fair Center
4.2
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Minot

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History Museum
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum Bismarck
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
International Peace Garden Dunseith
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Zoo
The Dakota Zoo Bismarck
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Water Body
Missouri River Bismarck
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Minot

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Playground
Oak Park
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
Dakota Square Mall
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Railroad Museum & Magic City Express
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Riverwalk of Minot
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Minot

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Art Museum
Taube Museum of Art
3.0
Duration: 2 hours

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