Washburn a city in McLean County, North Dakota is the county
seat of McLean County. The population was 1,389 at the 2000
census. Washburn was founded in 1882 and became the county seat
Washburn is the oldest city in the McLean County.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the
age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from
45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The
median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2
The median income for a household in the city was $40,789, and
the median income for a family was $54,250. Males had a median
income of $47,500 versus $21,364 for females.
The per capita income for the city was $19,726. About 5.9% of
families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line,
including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 12.7%
of those age 65 or over.
The city was officially founded on the 1st of November 1882 by
"King John" Satterlund. He saw that the area was a great site,
with good soil, abundance of wood and coal, and excellent water
transportation. Satterlund, who was also the founder of
Washburn's newspaper The Leader News, selected the site for a
township because he envisioned that this yet untilled area would
develop as settlers came. Both Satterlund and his business
partner, John Veeder, named the new town Washburn in honor of
the late Wisconsin Governor Cadwallader Colden Washburn, whom
both men knew in Wisconsin.
Washburn is also home to the North Dakota Lewis and Clark
Interpretative Center which houses a full-scale replica of Fort
Mandan and one of the actual expedition canoes.
Washburn is the oldest city in the McLean county and has a truly
interesting history. The land surrounding the city has also been
recognized as one of abundant natural beauty and wildlife for
The city of Washburn has a very active community with residents
that have a strong volunteer spirit. The city also boasts of
many thriving businesses, two museums and churches.
There are also many outdoor activities that one can enjoy such
as, hiking, bicycling, golfing and hunting. The city also has
many parks and a community swimming
pool that anyone can enjoy.