My North Dakota Diary
'Adams County was organized in April 1907, out of a portion of the unorganized county of Hettinger; it
contains about 631,000 acres and a small portion of the Standing Rock Reservation. Coal is found in
abundance all over the county. Hettinger is the county seat. The county was named in the honor of J.Q.
Adams, of Spencer, Iowa, one of the most enthusiastic pioneers in the upbuilding of the territory in the
southwestern part of the state, along the line of the Milwaukee Railway.' Source: North Dakota Blue Book --