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North Dakota State School for the Blind 1908

Bathgate sits on the banks of the Tongue River about 15 miles south of the Canadian border. Bathgate was founded in 1881 but was known as BAYVIEW from 1879 to 1881. It was renamed for the Scottish city of the same name when the Post Office was established in 1881. In 1908, the North Dakota School for the Blind was placed in Bathgate. The building still stands. The ND School for the Blind was relocated to a building in Grand Forks in 1960.

Bathgate was the childhood home of former world-champion speed skater and figure skater, Norval Baptie. He relocated to Bathgate from his native Canada in 1880 and was the world ice skating champion in 1905.

The population was 66 at the 2000 census. The peak population was just under 900 in the 1890s.

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