North Dakota's History By Abby4y Jan 1, 1861 Dakota Territory In 1861, the United States created North Dakota. Period: Jan 1, 1870 to Jan 1, 1889 New Settllers During the 1870s and 1880s the railroads that were being built, brought new settlers to North Dakota. Jan 1, 1873 First Railroad The first railroad is built across North Dakota that reaches the Missouri River. Jan 1, 1878 First Cattle Ranch The first cattle ranch was established in North Daktoa in 1878. Jan 1, 1881 Division In 1861, the territory of North Dakota was divided into two sections, the northern and the southern. Nov 2, 1889 Statehood Date North Dakota became the 39th state on November 2, 1889. Nov 2, 1889 Creating North Dakota On November 2, 1889 President Benjamin Harrison signed a bill creating North Dakota as the 39th state.