Bagg Bonanza Farm – Mooreton, North Dakota

Bonanza Farm.jpgBagg Bonanza Farm – Mooreton, North Dakota

Have you ever heard of a Bonanza Farm?  This is what was created when Northern Pacific Railroad allowed stockholders to buy large tracts of land at a rate competitive with land the government sold.  This was to raise the necessary capital to continue building the railroad that was crossing present day North Dakota.

The Bagg farm was created when the 9,000 acres established in 1886 was placed under the control of J. F. Downings nephew took over the enterprise as the superintendent of the farm that his uncle had purchased during the great land deal with the railroad.

In 1915 Mr. Bagg moved his inheritance, including land, buildings and machinery, one mile from the Downing farmstead and began his own Bonanza Farm. 

Today the Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Preservation Society run the 15 acres of the original Bagg farm and are working to restore all buildings on the site as well as begin agricultural production plots adjacent to the farm site to commemorate these Bonanza Farms.

The Bagg Farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and to the State Historic Sites Registry in 1986.

Visitor Hours:
Open Memorial Day Through Labor Day
Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Holidays, Saturday and Sunday
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Monday – Thursday
Gate Fees:
Adults:  $5.00
Children (6-12):  $2.50
Under 6:  Free
Contact Information:
P.O. Box 702
Mooreton, ND  58061

Phone:(701) 274-8989

Guided tours of restored buildings and farm site;
Country Store with Bagg Farm souvenirs and
North Dakota products



  1. Robert & Debbie Evenson says:

    Our daughter was just married in the new Bagg Farm Barn, the second wedding held here, we enjoyed this time spent here, granted a different setting but in line with our own farming life. A very good facility & getting better in the future. Thank you-Robert Evenson–married was Brian & Erin Meadows!