OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF RANSOM COUNTY ND
Events and Announcements
Regular Commission meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9 am.
Next meeting December 5, 2023
Upcoming Courthouse Closure Dates:
December 22, 2023- In observance of Christmas Eve
December 25, 2023 – Christmas Day
January 1, 2024- New Year’s Day
Passports and Marriage licenses will be issued in the Recorders office beginning January 1, 2024. Office hours for these services will be by appointment only Monday through Friday 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30. For additional information regarding these services click on Recorders office and than click on appropriate tab.
See you in January!
Still available at Clerk of Court office.
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Brief history of Ransom County North Dakota.
The Dakota Territory legislature created Ransom County on January 4, 1873 and it was organized on April 4, 1881. It is located in the southeastern part of the state. It was named for Fort Ransom, which in turn was named for General Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864) who died for the Union in the Civil War.
The county seat, Lisbon, was founded on September 25, 1880 by Joseph Colton, who was the first to homestead the area. Colton named the town Lisbon, after Lisbon, New York.
The Sheyenne River meanders through the county. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western part. The area is largely devoted to agriculture. The county has a total area of 864 square miles of which 862 square miles is land with 1.4 square miles being water.