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   Welcome to Belfield, North Dakota
Gateway to the West 

 

            You are driving through North Dakota and you reach “the crossroads of the North American continent” as you enter Belfield, ND, situated on the banks of the Heart River.  Travel east on I-94 and you will be able to take an interstate highway straight to New York City, go west and the same thing, all the way to Seattle, Washington.  Go north on US 85 to Alaska and you are on the only intercontinental highway that extends from Alaska to Mexico City, Mexico.  You are truly at the crossroads of America.  The Gateway City to the West.

            Belfield was established as Fort Houston in 1875.  The westward expansion of the Northern Pacific Railroad reached Fort Houston in 1880.  It was incorporated as a community in 1915 and named Belfield, ND and as Legend has it, after the daughter of a railroad engineer named Belle Field. Belfield has a unique heritage rich in cultural diversity with settlers here including French, Norwegian, German, Ukrainian, Russian, Irish, English, Polish and Hollanders. 

            When you leave the highway you have a choice to stop at the Dairy Queen if you are in a hurry or enjoy the newly remodeled Trapper Kettle Restaurant and Gift Shop.  Kids, as well as Mom and Dad will enjoy the many mounted wildlife exhibits of bear, deer, coyotes and other wild game.  It is exciting to look at the old guns and traps that the trappers used to catch wild game in a bygone era.  Let your imagination run wild as you head for the canoe for your salad and on to the keelboat for the rest of your meal.

            If you are RVing and have a horse you may want to park your rig in the Trapper’s Inn RV Campground and give your horse a break at the stable.  The other option is one of the comfortable beds at the Trappers Inn itself or the Cowboy Inn.  If your car is acting up or you have lost a tail light Belfield can help you there We have several reputable mechanics at your service and ready to help you out in an emergency.  You will find a great meat shop downtown, the Old Tyme Meat Shoppe, Wally has fresh North Dakota beef, steak, hamburgers, sausage, Brats and hotdogs for all your grilling needs.  There is plenty for the kids to do with the Youth Center open on Friday nights, and the John Steiner Baseball Field, near-by is the Maah Daah Hey Trail, Custer’s Trail and Initial Rock, The Burning Coal Mine and other historical sites.  You are just ten minutes from the Pheasant Country Golf Course to the east.  The Roughrider Bar & Grill on Main Street has great food and spirits to refresh yourself with.  There is pool at Mike’s Bar on 1st Ave NW next to the Belfield Theater.  

            Now it is time to stretch those legs after miles of riding in that vehicle so grab your bike or start the walk down the bike/walking path that will take you down to Main Street.  Enjoy the flowers on Main Street look at the pictures and stories about our local boys and girls serving in the military and Iraq.  Cross the railroad track and follow the signs and path up to and around the Belfield Dam.  Now it is time to take a break under the trees and picnic shelters and watch the kids play on the playground equipment.  Darn you should have bought your fishing poles and fished at the dock.

            Two blocks from the Belfield Dam is located Belfield RV Park.  It is quiet there and this looks like a good place to stay while you enjoy the sites of western North Dakota.  You can hear church bells chiming in the distance and as you explore Belfield, you find six active church communities.  St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church,  St John's Ukrainian Church,  Belfield Presbyterian Church, St Peters Lutheran Church, Belfield Baptist and the Belfield Lutheran Church.

            Walking down Main Street you come to the Belfield Pavilion.  It is a very busy place that was built by the Belfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Club in 2002.  It is a 120-foot by 40-foot open-air structure.  This facility has bathrooms and an enclosed kitchen  with an insulated ceiling and is cool all summer long.  The Pavilion is used for many community events, private parties, weddings and dances.  Ruth Barrow Park and the Belfield Swimming Pool next to the pavilion also provide another playground for children to play in while adults can relax and enjoy themselves and still keep a watchful eye on their youngsters.

            Regularly scheduled events for the summer are Belfield homecoming reunions.  Plans are still in the works for the reunions. 

            Every Wednesday night, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM the Belfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors, at the Belfield Pavilion, a Hamburger and Hotdog Bar-B-Cue with salad, pop and coffee.  Each Wednesday a different organization in Belfield is in charge of the cooking with entertainment or card games and fellowship following.  This is proving to be a very popular event with each Wednesday drawing more and more folks for the fun and food.   

          The Belfield Theater shows the latest movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

          When you want to get the kinks out or work out your sore muscles we have a fine Fitness Center at the Belfield High School that is open to the public when volunteers are available.  Check to see if it is open.  You will get one of the best massages of your life at Body Basics, Inc.,  A Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage or Western Wellness Therapeutic Massage.  Try the Hot Rocks Massage or the Sauna at Body Basics, Inc.  You will feel like a new person as you head out on that bicycle or head for the golf course.  There are three beauty salons in Belfield to take care of all your beauty needs.  Get ready to enjoy a relaxing time in Belfield, North Dakota.

 

           This website is brought to you by the Belfield Chamber of Commerce and Community Club

 

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