Linton might appear to be your typical small town in rural North Dakota and for all intents and purposes it is, but that in turn is exactly what makes it unique.  Like many small towns in a rural region, Linton offers its residents and visitors a sense of comfort and a home grown friendly atmosphere that you can’t get in a large metropolis.  A trip to Linton for a few hours to gauge the community and discover some of the history and values surrounding the town has proven quite educational.  Linton is located in the center of Emmons County and is the county seat and largest city in the county with a population of around 1300 residents.  There are two main highways that intersect at Linton.  Highway 13 runs west to east which intersects Highway 83, which runs straight through the west side of town.  Highway 83 into Linton can also be accessed south of interstate 94.

 

Although Linton is now the county seat, during the late 1800s Williamsport was the county seat, but county voters didn’t like the inconvenience of its location, so a new location in the center of the county was chosen.  The plot of land that would become Linton was named after George W. Lynn, who settled in Emmons County in 1885. He practiced law, farmed, and became the county's first States Attorney and also ran the Emmons County Free Press.  Although Linton didn’t become an official city until 1914, the expansion of the land began in the early 1900s when the Northern Pacific and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul agreed to extend a railroad east of the new settlement.  A new town site known as Hunter's First Addition was established in August 1902. With the focus on the railroads it immediately drew many commercial firms to the new location, leaving the original town site as a residential section. It was titled "Old Town”, a name still used for the west side.

 

Linton has also had its share of prominent individuals take up stakes in the town.  Some of the more notable individuals include Dan R. Richardson who was a casualty in the First World War, whom the Linton American Legion is named after.   Another interesting figure was Frank B. Irvine who was one of the first people in North Dakota to acquire an aviation pilot’s license and at around 1925 managed a flying school in Linton.  There are also several organizations in Linton that provide a variety of public services.  Including the American Legion, Emmons Country Historical Society, Wildlife Club, and Lions Club just to name a few of the dozens of different organizations.  Linton also has five churches and many businesses for just about any need including sales, construction, healthcare, and recreation.

 

Linton’s citizens are also one of the best parts about it.  When talking with the City Auditor about where to find some documents on Linton's history, an elderly lady walked up and started engaging in casual conversation about what was going on.  She briefly explained that her family had come from Norway in the late 1930s and how she had lived in Linton her whole life and was very proud to be from there.  It’s these types of friendly interactions with the town’s people that help reinforce the character of small town life and helps reaffirm the values of being part of a close knit community.