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"...Recently we were given a book published on the 75th anniversary of the founding of a post office in a rural area of North Dakota. A small town which is the centre of a prosperous agricultural district grew up round this post office, and is called from the name given to the post office, "Kintyre." The origin of its name is interesting in especial to those of us who live in the original Kintyre, and the souvenir book gives the reason for this name, although most of the original settlers came in the early eighteenth century from Northern Europe. A group of Swedes, most kinsfolk, settled near Goose Lake in what is now North Dakota. They were followed by others, Finns, Germans, Norwegians, Bohemians and German-Russians. The post office was sited on a ranch on the east side of Goose Lake which had been settled by the brothers Dugald and James Campbell, and would have been automatically called "Campbell" had there not been a post office of that name in Dakota. So in honour of Dugald Campbell's birthplace, it was called "Kintyre." Hugh Campbell, brother of Dugald, went to America in 1876/77, and after family reverses during and subsequent to 1878, Hugh persuaded his father, Alexander, his step-mother and other members of the family to come to America. The brothers Dugald and James came in 1881, and the rest of the family followed in 1883 to a settlement in Dakota Territory, called Glencoe [see Glencoe summary above], through which the Missouri River runs, and eventually to the ranch above mentioned...."
Contributed by Mike Peterson
Arial View of Kintyre
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CONTEMPORARY KINTYRE PICTURES
Kintyre in Ghosts of North Dakota
Kintyre in Pictures of Small North Dakota Towns