Bismarck Forklift Parts - Bismarck, North Dakota serves as the capital city for the state. It is situated across from Mandan, on the eastern banks of the Missouri River. The city of Bismarck serves as the county seat of Burleigh County. After the city of Fargo, Bismarck is the second biggest city by population within the state of North Dakota. Bismarck and Mandan form the core of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area. The metropolitan area population is just more than 100,000.
The Mandan people were the central North Dakota region's original inhabitants before settlement. The city that would later become the city of Bismarck was founded in 1872 at a place on the river known as Missouri Crossing. The city's first name was Edwinton, named after the former engineer-in-chief for the Northern Pacific Railway, Edwin Ferry Johnson. As part of an effort to attract investments from Germany, the Railway changed the city's name to Bismarck in the year 1873. The name was intended to honor Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor. But it was the discovery of gold that caused Bismarck to boom. Gold was found in the nearby Black Hills during the year 1874, and the city of Bismarck became a freight-shipping center at the terminus of the "Custer Route". Known as the capital of the Dakota Territory in the year 1883 and North Dakota's state capital during the year 1889, the city of Bismarck became a center of government. Bismarck also played a prominent role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Bismarck is home to the Capitol Building of North Dakota State, a 19-story tower and the tallest building in the state. The state government is the city's largest employer, providing jobs for over 4,000 people. Bismarck is also a center for health care and retail, forming the economic center for a lot of south-central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota. St. Alexius Medical Center and Medcenter One Health Systems are the city's largest health care providers, employing more than 4,000 people. Other major employers within the city are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Coventry Health Care, Bismarck Public Schools and Midwest Motor Express. The Federal Government of the United States also employs a lot within the city of Bismarck. The city of Bismarck is the home of Fortune 500 company MDU Resources Group.