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This is the  official Web site for the City of Rugby, North Dakota.

Rugby was founded in 1886 at a junction on the Great Northern Railway, where a spur to Bottineau met the main line.  The railroad promoters initially named it the "Rugby Junction" for the famous railroad junction in Rugby in Warwickshire, England, in the hope of attracting English settlers.  About 80% of the population is of North Germanic and Scandinavian ancestry.  When the community became a city, the "Junction" was dropped from the name.  Wikipedia

According to the 1931 U.S. Geological Survey, the geographic center of the North American continent is located approximately 6 miles west of Balta, Pierce County, North Dakota.  The approximate coordinates are given as latitude 48* 10' North, 100* 10' West. 

In 1932, a field stone cairn recognizing this was erected in Rugby at the intersections of US Highway 2 and ND State Highway 3.

 

The City of Rugby is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

 
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