Small Town Spotlight & ‘Howdy Do’ To This ND Town
Being from North Dakota we have many things in common that are of the "norm" to us born and raised but are often "new" to those becoming part of our "Way of Life" here in the Dakotas. One thing we've got is Dakota Pride, and it runs deep.
With that, when we travel across this amazing state, and we're talking "off the beaten path"... leaving the interstate behind... because let's be real, to see what North Dakota truly is about means you must leave major roadways and embrace the "real side".
Every day, we like to give a "Howdy Do" to those hardworking people, communities and folks that make this state great! Showcase why we love North Dakota to encourage everyone to become better acquainted with what "God's Country" has to offer.
Our latest trip across this great state had us passing through a town that let's be real, is a fun one just to say!... If not making you ponder upon hearing it - how'd it become to have such a unique name? ANAMOOSE. Anamoose, you read that right!
Established in 1898, Anamoose has been a longtime fixture in the state of North Dakota as it was alongside the expanding Soo Line Railroad. Many people were hired to lay steel and ties in order to build the railroad.
Of those workers were Chippewa Indians who often noticed a dog running in that area, and began referring to the area as "Anamoose" in their native language which translated to "dog"... And the name stuck.
During Anamoose's peak or "Hay Day" it was home to a grocery store, drug store, three cafes, a bowling alley, theater, jeweler, three banks, two doctors, a veterinarian, a law office, a Grand Opera House, two implement dealerships, a creamery, two barbers, a funeral home and countless other businesses. It was booming!
Today what remains is still the hometown charm of a nostalgic "Small Town". The railroad still passes through, though not stopping anymore for just a wave of a lantern at 4 am as was 100 years ago. You can still buy unique items at the Hope Chest Gift Shop, grab a special coffee from the Mocha Coffee Shop or enjoy a meal at a cafe or supper at the 1909 Steakhouse & Lounge.
So next time you're venturing across ND, do as we do, get off the interstate and take in one of the hidden treasures that makes North Dakota great!