The post-war years placed North Dakota on the world stage once again. Cold war tensions and nuclear weapons technology led to the development of two Air Force bases in North Dakota and hundreds of missile silos. Coal and oil deposits were exploited with new technology creating new wealth and good jobs. The Missouri River was dammed for flood control, electricity generating plants, and irrigation. North Dakota became an urban state in terms of population centers, and though the state’s economy remained primarily agricultural, new industries such as Melroe Bobcat (Bobcat) and Great Plains Software (Microsoft Dynamics GP) made a significant impact.
Document Set 1: Oil Development
Document Set 2: Commission on the Status of Women, 1964
Document Set 3: Pauline Olson's Diary: Modernizing North Dakota's Farms
Document Set 4: Rural & Town Schools
Document Set 5: Floods & Blizzards
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