Original Townsite of Ypsilanti, North Dakota
In 1879, the United States Government gave 621 acres of land to the Northern Pacific Railroad, and part of this became Ypsilanti Township and Ypsilanti townsite.
The townsite of Ypsilanti was staked out by William Hartley Colby and a partner by the name of Lloyd DePuy. W.H. Colby had come from Ypsilanti, Michigan, so he named the new townsite after the Michigan city by that name. Ypsilanti, Michigan was itself named for Demetrius Ypsilanti, a hero in the Greek War of Independence.
A Note About This Collection
The historical information published here was largely obtained from the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book 1882-1982, compiled by the 1982 Centennial Committee.
I have taken the liberty of rewriting it for the web, changing many of the words, but my intention was not to change the content. At times I have shortened the text, while at other times I may have lengthened it. I may have left some portions of the Centennial Book out, and perhaps added information that was not found in the book. Nevertheless, the Centennial Book was the basis for the historical portion of this site.
For example, I have omitted references that were contemporary in 1982 as, in 2012, they would be neither contemporary or early historical. Arbitrarily, I have decided to use 1950 as the cut-off date.
As noted, I have taken great pains not to change the true history of Ypsilanti. If I have done so in any way, it was done so in error, and will be corrected if you would be so kind as to point the error out to me. You may use the contact form that is found in the right margins of these pages.
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