My North Dakota Diary
'McHenry County was named in honor of the Hon. James McHenry, a prominent citizen of Clay county,
South Dakota. It was created by territorial legislative enactment in 1873. The county is in the Souris or
Mouse River Valley, the land being somewhat rough and broken, it constitutes an ideal stock country.
The whole country is underlaid with valuable lignite coal deposits. The main lines of the Great
Northern and of the Soo Railroads traverse the county. Towner is the county seat.' Source: North Dakota Blue
Book -- 1942