This Northern Pacific Railroad townsite was founded in 1910 in Section 30-134-80, and named for Mrs. Mary Louise Van Solen, a pioneer settler who was the first school teacher on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was the daughter of Honore Picotte, a French nobleman who came here in 1825 to engage in the fur trade, and his wife Alma, a full-blooded Sioux whose Indian name was Wambdiantapiwin, meaning eagle woman all look at. She was also the sister of Mrs. H. S. Parkin, the wife of the well known Morton County rancher. P. A. Thian, a Northern Pacific Railroad official, is credited with suggesting the name SOLEN. The post office was established February 9, 1911 with Alma M. Rogers as Postmaster. The elevation is 1696, the Zip Code is 58570, and a peak population of 250 was claimed for a period of about thirty years beginning in 1935, but the official 1980 count was just 137.(1, 2, 3, 18, 33, 40, 79, 127, 434)

Source: North Dakota Place Names Page 181

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