This website uses cookies to store your accessibility preferences. No personal / identifying information is stored. More info.

Courthouse Edited 1


History of Marmarth
Marmarth was established and name in in 1907. Previous to that it was known as the "Neva" post office. Marmarth was named for Margaret Martha Fitch, the granddaughter of Mr. Albert J Earling, President of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul Railroad Company. Mar was taken from Margaret and Marth from Martha and put together to create Marmarth. 
The Milwaukee Railroad was complete to Marmarth in 1907 and the village was located on the East side of the Little Missouri River. When the Railroad bridge was completed across the river it was convenient to patronize a grocery store on the west side and the town began to grow on the west side of the river.
A first-class steel bridge was bult across the Little Missouri river in June of 1920 and was cause for great celebration.
In the early days Marmarth had a small hardware store, a jewelry store, a laundry, a small hospital, two banks, two hotels, a drug store, post office, telephone office, meat market, newspaper, movie house, gas station, ford agency and garage, mortuary, auditorium, dance hall, several churches, a school and many saloons and a few undesirable businesses also.
There was a roundhouse and three east passenger trains, and three west passenger trains a day. It was not uncommon to hop a train in the morning, to one of the towns along the line and be back by evening.
The town was the largest town on the Milwaukee railroad line in North Dakota by 1911 and was also the fifth largest town west of the Missouri River. In 1920 Marmarth had over 1300 people. Teddy Roosevelt was known to frequent the town and killed his first bison and grizzly bear near Marmarth.

Facts of Marmarth
Elevation: 1,710 ft 
2020 Census: 101
Marmarth is the location of numerous dinosaur fossil findings, including the Dakota fossil. It lies along the Little Missouri River on the SW corner of Slope County along Highway 12 and is close to the Montana Border.