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Wells County, North Dakota

US county information
NameWells County
StateNorth Dakota
SeatFessenden
Largest cityHarvey
US Area
Total Area1291 sq mi (3343.7 km2)
Land Area1271 sq mi (3291.9 km2)
Water Area19 sq mi (49.2 km2)
Population4207 (2010)
Density2/km2 (5.2/sq mi)
Founded1873

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Wells County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2010, the population was 4,207. Its county seat is Fessenden. The center of population of North Dakota is located in the extreme southeastern corner of Wells County, about 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Sykeston.

Wells County was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named after Edward Payson Wells, a Jamestown banker, early promoter of the James River Valley, and member of the legislature in 1881. The county government was organized on August 28, 1884. The county seat was Sykeston from 1884 to 1894, after which time Fessenden was given the title.


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