City of Devils Lake - Devils Lake North Dakota
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Location

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County. It is the county seat of Ramsey County.

Time Zone: Central Distance In Miles From State Lines:
Latitude: 48 degrees, 6 minutes North Montana: 280
Longitude: 98 degrees, 51 minutes West Minnesota: 90
Elevation: 1,447 feet South Dakota: 170
Area: 6.41 square miles Canadian International Boundary: 75
Area Code: 701  

Population

Year
Population
Ramsey County
2010
7,141
11,451
2000
7,222
12,066
1990
7,782
12,681
1980
7,442
13,026
1970
7,078
12,915
1960
6,299
13,443
1950
6,427
14,373

Climate

Average Temps
High
Low
Winter
15° F
-2° F
Spring
51° F
31° F
Summer
82° F
58° F
Fall
56° F
35° F

History

Lieutenant Heber M. Creel, a West Point graduate and topographical engineer, stationed at nearby Fort Totten, resigned from the U.S. Army in the spring of 1882 and squatted on land bordering the north shore of Devils Lake, SE 1/4 Section 34-156-64, where he surveyed a townsite and named it CREELSBURG. A post office was established here November 15, 1882, with Heber M. Creel, postmaster. On February 28, 1883, the name was changed to CREEL CITY and located on Section 28, Creel Township. In May of that year the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway Co. (now the Great Northern) bought five-eights of the enlarged townsite, Section 33 and 34 Lake Township and established its station at this point on the lake, which was the head of the steamboat navigation and named it for this inland sea known as Devils Lake - the white man's misinterpretation of the Sioux named MiniWaukan ("Lake Holy One") of ("Lake Great One"). When the village incorporated in February 1884, it was renamed CITY OF DEVILS LAKE; however, the post office on January 14, 1884, was named Devils Lake; Henry C. Hansbrough was the assigned postmaster. When the county organized January 25, 1883, it was designated the county seat; incorporated as a village in 1887; as a city in 1894.




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