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Unit 7: Pretty Good Times on the Prairie, 1945 - Present

The post-war years placed North Dakota on the world stage once again. Cold war tensions and nuclear weapons technology led to the development of two Air Force bases in North Dakota and hundreds of missile silos. Coal and oil deposits were exploited with new technology creating new wealth and good jobs. The Missouri River was dammed for flood control, electricity generating plants, and irrigation. North Dakota became an urban state in terms of population centers, and though the state’s economy remained primarily agricultural, new industries such as Melroe Bobcat (Bobcat) and Great Plains Software (Microsoft Dynamics GP) made a significant impact.

Document Sets:

Document Set 1: Oil Development

Document Set 2: Commission on the Status of Women, 1964

Document Set 3: Pauline Olson's Diary: Modernizing North Dakota's Farms

Document Set 4: Rural and Town Schools

Document Set 5: Bringing Back the Game: Hunting and Game Conservation in North Dakota

Document Set 6: Floods and Blizzards


Map of Electric and Gas Utilities Serving North Dakota, 1946

1994 North Dakota Railroad Map

Missile Silos of Dakota: Grand Forks