Burleigh county is located in south central North Dakota and uses Bismarck as its county seat. The county population on July 1, 1999, was 67,371, an increase of 7,240 over the 1990 census.
Attractions and natural features include several pothole lakes to the north, and just over half of the larger Long Lake in the southeastern portion of the county. History buffs will want to take in the Chaska Camp Banks State Historic Site to the east and the Menoken Historic Site.
Higher education comes in the form of Bismarck State College and the University of Mary along the banks of the Missouri River/Lake Oahe.
Bismarck was established in 1873 as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad's transcontinental line and is named after the German chancellor.
On an historical note, gold was discovered here in 1874.