Halliday celebrates centennial this weekend
By Chris Erickson
Dunn County’s second centennial in 2014 will take place this Friday through Sunday in Halliday.
One hundred years ago Halliday got its start from a resettled village that had originally been two miles to the north.
According to histories put together by Barry D. Van Wagner, the railroad triggered the move, like so many other towns being founded in the region at the time. At its height Halliday boasted a population of 1,000 with plenty of businesses and churches around to support the community through the years.
Although the rail line’s ultimate abandonment from the area caused some towns to diminish and even disappear altogether, Halliday was able to hang out thanks to its proximity to Highways 8 and 200.
While it was able to exist as a sort of bedroom community for commuters headed to Beulah, Dickinson, Killdeer or Richardton, Halliday’s population in recent years has seen an uptick. Development further west in the Bakken has caused an increase in population from a low of 188 in the 2010 census to a rebounded 400 people.
That swing in population breathed some life back into Halliday, as the school effectively doubled in enrollment in recent years and houses that were once abandoned or run-down have found renovations and renewed life.
That will all show this weekend, when the town celebrates its 100th birthday, with events starting Friday, June 20 with a DJ at O’Briens Irish Pub and Grill from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday will kick off with registration at city hall all day, and a 5K Fun Run/Walk from 8-10 a.m.
Breakfast will take place at the same time at city hall, with a parade on Main Street to follow from 10-11 a.m. Class reunions will be taking place at the Halliday School all day long and a school open house will follow the parade.
Don’t miss the car show on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owners are invited to bring cars, trucks, tractors and any other vehicles they want to show off.
Lunch will take place at the city park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free ice cream at city hall sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary to follow.