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Courtesy Photo Horses trot down Central Avenue in Killdeer as part of a parade in this vintage and undated photo of a past celebration. Killdeer is hosting its centennial July 3-6 with a rodeo, parade and concerts, among other events.

Summer of centennials along Highway 200: 6 local communities once tied together by Northern Pacific Railway to celebrate 100th anniversaries this summer

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Six communities along Highway 200 are preparing to host Centennial Celebrations this summer. The events are on separate weekends, but they share a common bond — the Northern Pacific Railway Co.

As the railroad laid track from Mandan to Killdeer in 1914, communities sprung up along the way.

Sometimes, the surveyors picked a route a mile or so away from a pre-existing settlement, so the town simply picked up and moved closer to the tracks.

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