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Cannon Ball, North Dakota

The Blue Dot

August 10, 2021

Having added Fox and Wahoo to my list of places to visit, my System 2 has awoken and overruled some ideas System 1 had of places to visit — Cannon Ball being an example. The Wikipedia entry below did not explain the history of the name -. I found that elseehere:

the name Cannon Ball was attached at various times to a pioneer settlement, post office locations, a stage stop and railroad junction starting in the 1870s. The name was a nod to each location's proximity to the Cannon Ball River, which feeds into the Missouri River.

From Wikipedia:

Cannon Ball is a census-designated place(CDP) on the Standing Rock Indian Reservationand in Sioux County, North Dakota, United States. It is located in the northeastern part of Sioux County, having developed at the confluence of the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe of the Missouri River. The population was 875 at the 2010 census.


Cannon Ball is located at 46°14′58″N100°38′19″W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 96.8 square miles (251 km2), of which 88.3 square miles (229 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (8.69%) is water.


At the 2000 census, there were 864 people, 197 households and 171 families residing in the Cannon Ball Census Designated Place ("CDP"). The population density was 9.8 per square mile (3.8/km2). There were 208 housing units at an average density of 2.4 per square mile] At the 2010 census, the racial make-up was 92.9% Native American, 4.8% White, 0.1% from other racesand 2.2% from two or more races. Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin comprised 1.4% of the total population.

There were 197 households, of which 56.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 35.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.7% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.35 and the average family size was 4.56.

46.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64 and 3.6% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median household income was $19,265 and the median family income was $18,583. Males had a median income of $21,875 and females $17,250. The per capita income was $5,717. About 49.7% of families and 50.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.3% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

All of that is a long way to introduce this song by the single word Cannonball:

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