SLOPE COUNTY
NORTH DAKOTA


This page documents in pictures my July 5th 1999 visit to Slope County North Dakota and was updated after my April 2004 visit. It has no official endorsement from Slope County or the State of North Dakota. I'm also including photos of the county seat, Amidon, and the town of Marmarth. Finally, any links I've found about Slope County are included on this page.

Census 2010 reports population drop in Slope County to 727 residents - Least populated North Dakota county


Thanks for your on-line visit and I hope you, too, enjoy a trip to Slope County. Before you visit, I'd suggest you read the book "Badland" by Jonathan Raban. He writes an award winning history of why the area developed in the early 1900's and touches on why it is becoming vacant.

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Why Slope County?

Slope County is interesting to me because fewer than 1000 people live in an area larger than the State of Rhode Island. The county seat, Amidon, is a small county seat with only 30+ people living there.  Even though a county seat, Amidon is so small that Rand McNally does not index it in their Road Atlas. Amidon is the seat of government for the county and the courthouse is there.


Research on the Internet in 1999 about Slope County provided very little information and only one picture. I decided then that I'd photograph as much as I could in Amidon, Marmarth, and the surrounding countryside and build this webpage. I visited again in 2004 and spent four days in the county visiting with the locals and taking more pictures for this website.


Where is Slope County?

Slope County is in far southwestern North Dakota on the border with Montana and near South Dakota. As you'll see, the landscape varies between huge tracts of grassland with some "Badland" type landscape in the western part of the county. A beautiful river, The Little Missouri, wanders back and forth through western Slope County. The Little Missouri is a typical Western river; broad, shallow, and usually slow moving. There are no interstates in Slope County. US Highways 12 and 85 are the major throughways. Numerous gravel county roads provide access to the ranches and ranching is the primary occupation in the county. Railroad service is provided in the SW corner of the county.


Any attractions in Slope County?

I don't believe Slope County actively promotes any attractions found in the county.The highest point in North Dakota, White Butte, is near Amidon. "Highpointers" know the area and have one of the few Internet resources about Slope County.The Burning Coal Vein Campground also is an attraction. I was satisfied spending an entire day in the area enjoying the broad unpopulated vastness, friendly people, and strange (for a Minnesotan) terrain. Lunchtime chatter at the Pastime Bar in Marmarth included a discussion between the locals and bartender about when the Magna Carta was signed. Food at the Past Time is plentiful and delicious.

The only gas station in the county is in Marmarth too. You've been warned.



Slope County Genealogy, follow this link.

Slope County countryside photos, follow this link.

Photos from the town of Marmarth follow this link.

Amidon (County Seat) photos - scroll down.




On the edge of Amidon is a real police car with a mannequin behind the wheel. You can see the car in the above picture just to the right of the crosswalk sign.
Click the photo for Closeup of the police car. (1999 photos)


2004 photo of now damaged police car.




Other photos I took in Amidon:


The Lutheran Church in Amidon.



The Courthouse (1999 photos) - .



2004 Courthouse photo. Note the addition to the north side. It provides a handicap access to the building as well as additional space. The small courtroom is in this new addition. The courtroom is also used for the twice monthly county commissioner meetings. The US Forest Service was hosting a meeting that morning which brought a large number of people to town.


Memorial to Fallen Soldiers from Slope County in front of the courthouse.


Amidon Post Office

Amidon Fire Department

Amidon Library




Amidon School I was told the school is used but the number of students is dwindling. From the looks of the playground (next photo set) I believe it.


School Playground


Senior Citizen Center

Amidon's Refuge Campground



Views of Amidon from Highway 85



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Two pictures of that attraction.




New business in Amidon since my 1999 trip; The White Butte Trading Co. Lots of White Butte memorabilia here plus a well stocked gift shop. Stop in and chat with Cindy, the friendly owner. She'll have the latest info about climbing White Butte should you so desire. 

Link to Amidon Photos taken in 2002 at sorabji.com
(Note: The Police Car Moved)


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Amidon from the air. USGS satellite photo.
North is towards the top of the photo. US85 is the highway going east/west near the top of the photo. The courthouse is on the south side of US85 and set well back from the road near the middle of the picture. The school and library are in the upper left part of the photo.

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All photos except above (c)1999 2004 Jim Attwood


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