Wahpeton, a city in Richland County, North Dakota is a city
that was founded in 1871.
The name Wahpeton came about in 1871 when the people decided to
name their city after the name of the local Dakota Indians, the Wakhpetonwan, which means "leaf dwellers".
In 1767 the first explorer to ever come to the area was Jonathan
Carver. He mapped and explored the Northwest under the request
of Major Robert Rogers. His mission was to find
passage, an imaginary waterway to the Orient which Rogers
One of the first settlers in the area is Morgan T. Rich. He was
the first one to plow the
fertile land of the area in 1869. When
the other settlers arrived and formed their own community, they
named the area "Richville" owing to the richness of its soil as
"Rich" being in the name of its founder.
Wahpeton's twin city is Breckenridge, Minnesota. The Bois de
Sioux River and the Otter
Tail River join at Wahpeton and Breckenridge to form the Red
River of the North. The
North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton.
The local newspaper is the Wahpeton Daily News. Recreation is
also important to the citizens of Wahpeton. The
area attracts outdoorsman and hunters, because it is located in
the midst of the
Western flyway, which means that the Wahpeton area provides
In the spring and summer the Bois de Sioux Golf Course offers
golfers the opportunity to literally hit their tee-shot "into
the next state". It is the only golf course in the nation where
half the course is in one state and the other half in another.
Near the golf course is Chahinkapa Park, which offers many
opportunities for recreation. Here young people
will find all kinds of playground equipment and can see bears,
buffalo and other zoo
animals. The park also has baseball, softball, and football
facilities, miniature golf, tennis, and during the summer the
large swimming pool is also open.
Today, Wahpeton is a
bustling, growing city with 8,000 people working in farms and
business establishments. It is
also the city with the most modern medical facility in the
the St. Francis Hospital. It is also to be the most
industrialized city as well as being
the headquarters of many
big manufacturing plants. The city has many recreational parks,
zoos and programs that offer both enjoyment and education. Also
located in Wahpeton is "Wahpper" the world's largest catfish.