Ray, North Dakota is called “Grain Bin City” in tribute to the region’s past and present grain growers. This town of 590 residents was founded in 1902 by pioneers who followed North Dakota’s railroads hoping to find land. Through the years Ray grew into a center of commerce for area ranchers and wheat farmers. North Dakota’s burgeoning oil and gas industry now also brings money to the area.
If you buy property in Ray, ND, you may be interested in exploring the area’s history. Fort Union Trading Post and Fort Buford are nearby. Fort Union Trading Post was once the most important trading post on the upper Missouri River. Historians estimate the area’s tribes traded 25,000 buffalo hides for over $100,000 in trading post merchandise each year. Fort Buford is close to Fort Union and holds the distinction of being the place where Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881.
Attractions and Activities
Today’s residents celebrate their forefathers’ contributions by throwing one of the best events in North Dakota. Grain Palace Days arrives in Ray during the first weekend in August. This annual three day event was started in 1912 by owners of Ray North Dakota homes who wanted to celebrate the beginning of wheat harvest. Grain Palace Days features street dances, parades and plenty of food. Kids of all ages enjoy the mud volleyball games, raffles and Grain Palace Days Rodeo.
If you’re in town for Grain Palace Days, don’t forget to stop by and visit the historic Grain Palace. This unique property is open throughout the year for celebrations, weddings and reunions. The city’s parks department oversees the Grain Palace and two beautiful city parks. North Park has shade trees, picnic areas and a nice playground. Veterans Memorial Park offers lakeside picnic areas, a pioneer school and tennis courts. A new veterans’ memorial stands nearby in honor of all who served our country. Families looking at homes for sale in Ray, ND will be impressed with these great parks.
Youth softball and baseball fields are near available homes in Ray, North Dakota. The town also has a rodeo arena that is home to the Grain Palace Days Rough Rider Rodeo and several annual Youth Rodeo events.
Golfing is available for the home buyer who prefers a tamer sport. The beautiful Ray City Course offers nine challenging holes. Twenty-two miles southeast of town is the Links of North Dakota – Red Mike Course. This nationally recognized 18 hole course overlooks Lake Sakakawea. Cabins and camping sites are available for overnight stays. Properties are available near these two great courses.
Ray, North Dakota is a community that continues to be led by positive thinking residents who believe in hard work and working together. A Basin Brokers realtor can tell you more about this great town.
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