One-hundred miles southeast of Bismarck, near Beaver Lake lies some of North Dakota's best farm and ranch land.
Named for storekeeper Napoleon Goodwill, Napoleon was organized into a townsite in 1884.
When Napoleon Goodwill was only 45, he died leaving his wife Marion a young widow. When other towns tried to take over the Logan County seat, it was Marion Goodwill who is credited with keeping keeping Napoleon as the county seat.
A group of 100 Pennsylvanians known as the "The Pennsylvania Colony," were brought to Napoleon in 1886 to establish roots in the area. Winter temperatures fell to 47 degrees below zero bringing on a 100 day blizzard. Summer temperatures soared to 118 degrees and the group simply vanished.
Regardless of the temperatures, in 1898 the Soo Line Railroad tracks arrived and the small town became a city in 1947.
Today, with 950 people, this small town with grain elevators and farm implement businesses flourishes.
Points of Interest
Napoleon City Park: A park often filled with newcomers from all over the nation, Napoleon City Park proves one of the more modern parks in the area. The park offers amenities such as twelve camping sites with electrical hookups and a heated bath house. With a heated swimming pool for those cool summer days and a tubular slide, June and July are always packed at the pool.
Beaver Lake State Park: With over 200 acres of North Dakota's rolling hills and the placid Beaver Lake, park officials provide numerous activities and outdoor events. Beaver Lake State Park
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- Logan County Historical Society
- Napoleon Country Club
- Beaver Lake State Park
- Imperial Lanes & Recreation