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Anamoose is a small town of 282 people, in the Lakes and Gardens region of North Dakota. Located at Longitude 100.25W Latitude 47.88N.


The name of the town, Anamoose, is the Chippewa word for dog. When the Soo Line Railroad was expanding in 1893, they hired many Chippewa Indians, among others, to lay track. The Chippewa spotted a dog that roamed the area. They referred to the area as the place where the dog, or "Anamoose", lived.

Steel Lake, immediately south of Anamoose, is a prime example of an ice thrust depression formed by glaciers about 12,000 years ago.

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Map of Anamoose

Located at the intersection of highways 52 and 14, about halfway between Bismarck and Minot

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  • 27th Annual Anamoose Civic Club Demolition Derby, Main St, +1 701 465-3909. August 6, 2005. Demolition derby, spectacular prizes, street dance. Starts at 2PM Admission: $5.
  • Moose on the Loose Car Show, +1 701 465-3201. August 20, 2005. Main Street, Anamoose. Classic and antique cars, cycles, tractors and pickups.
  • Buffalo Watching. 10 miles north and approximately 3 miles east on highway 19. Buffalo can also be seen north of Anamoose, to 36th St. then turn east and cross a railroad track at Aylmer. Continue east to a junction in the road. You will find a Buffalo Warning sign.
  • The Cuts. Located a few miles northeast of Anamoose. This unusual landscape looks a bit like the Badlands. It was formed in the mid 1890s. The Great Northern Railroad was laying track from Fargo to Minot, and they cut a limestone hill. It has eroded over the years, and the scenery is now a weathered white or yellowish gray cliff side with pillars and caves here and there. Directions: drive north from Anamoose about 0.5 milea to the cemetery, then turn east and go seven miles. When you get to a T in the road, go north 1 mile to a farm. Go around the west side of the farm to the railroad track. Directly south of the railroad tracks, you will drive a dirt road west for 0.6 mile until the road ends, then hike back along the railroad track about 0.5 mile to see the Cuts.
  • John Deere Toy & Belt Buckle Collection, 407 1st St. West, +1 701 465-3476, . Precision toys, belt buckles and collectibles.


  • Pick Strawberies, +1 701 465-3201. At the Pick-It-Patch from mid-June to mid-July. Call for appointment.
  • Fishing at George Lake, located thirteen miles north, 1 1/2 miles east of the junction of Highways 52 & 14. Pike, perch, and crappie. ND Fishing Guide.
  • Birding: Anamoose is on the Central Dakota Birding Drive which starts where Highway 14 and Highway 52 intersect. On this drive, are the towns of Anamoose, Drake, Butte, Balfour, and Karlsruhe. For more information, write to P.O. Box 175, Drake, ND 58736. Tel: +1 701 465-3825
  • Hunting spring light goose [1], sharp-tailed grouse [2], ring-necked pheasant [3], sand hill crane [4], white-tailed deer [5], wild turkey [6], fox [7], and coyote [8]. ND Hunting FAQ




  • KB's Bar, +1 701 465-3807. Open Monday - Saturday 10AM to 1AM, Sunday 1PM to 9PM.


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Routes through Anamoose
MinotBalfour  NW  SE  CarringtonJamestown

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