Great Bend, North Dakota - History

History

Great Bend was founded in 1888 on land homesteaded by George Worner (1855 – 1950). He was born in Germany and moved to Brandenburg Township in 1874 when his family moved there from Wisconsin. In 1875, Worner established a rural post office on his land near here, and named it Berlin in honor of the German capital. The post office was later moved in 1882 to a site closer to Great Bend and was disbanded on July 12, 1883. Worner was instrumental in the town's founding and development, serving as one of the first station agents for the Northern Pacific Railroad, operated the first general store, and served as one of the town's first postmasters. He later served in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

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