Warren Wiltse, Lisbon, N.D., Published December 02 2012
Letter: Lisbon is a little town offering a lotLisbon is a unique little town. We have a population of 2,300. We have been referred to as the pearl of the Sheyenne as we are situated in the Sheyenne Valley. State highways 32 and 27 cross at our only stoplight in the middle of town.
The State Veterans Home is here. We have a beautiful new floral shop, one grain elevator, one modern grocery store, one large department store, two farm service centers, three implement dealers, four banks and a credit union, six gas stations, six churches and seven places to eat, plus a deli and two furniture and appliance stores.
We have a beautiful large cemetery, a golf course and a park with a swimming pool. We have a large school system and fire and police departments. We are the county seat, with a good sheriff’s department. We have our very own airport authority. We have the one of two restored opera houses in North Dakota. Bobcat Manufacturing is only 15 miles away at Gwinner, and many of the employees live here.
Lisbon also has three manufacturing plants here – Fargo Assembly, Briton Manufacturing and Saxrud Manufacturing. William Boyce, the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, resided here as a newspaper publisher in the late 1800s.
Lisbon is a wonderful place to live with very low unemployment – always a busy Main Street.
We also have two recreational areas close by. Dead Colt Creek has a man-made lake for boating, fishing and swimming. Many camping sites with two new bathhouses and pavilion.
Also, Fort Ransom is nearby, with their annual festival and Sodbuster Days and Fort Ransom State Park.
These are all great recreation areas with large crowds.