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Fessenden City

Wells County, North Dakota

Fessenden City Hall mailing address is P.O. Box 42, Fessenden, ND 58438.
Phone: 701‑547‑3111.

Fessenden as described in 1938 [1]

Fessenden, named for Cortez Fessenden, surveyor general of Dakota Territory from 1881 to 1885, was originally settled by a group of Welsh farmers, though the population is now predominantly Scandinavian. Fessenden was platted in 1893, and in the election of 1894 was named Wells County seat. Its citizens journeyed by teams and wagons in the still hours of the night to Sykeston, first county seat, seized the county records, and hauled them to the new location. Each year in March, Fessenden holds an agricultural exposition culminating in the coronation of an Alfalfa Queen.

  1. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project, North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State, State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1938.