My North Dakota Diary
'Slope County was organized from the southern part of Billings county in January, 1915. In the western
part of the county are the Bad Lands, the remainder of the county having exceptionally fine farming
land, the soil is black loam with a clay sub-soil. As yet there is no railroad in the county with the
exception of a few miles near Marmarth where the Milwaukee traverses the county. There is a great
deal of lignite coal in the county, a very large mine being located near Amidon, the county seat,
flourishing little village of several hundred inhabitants. The town was named in compliment to Hon.
Charles F. Amidon, United States District Judge.' Source: North Dakota Blue Book -- 1942