History

  1. Early Settlement
  2. Irrigation
  3. Growth in Agriculture
  4. Economic Conditions
  5. Community Credits & Location

Indian Legend

According to Indian legend “Quincy Flats” was once a lake. Glacial floods deposited thousands of cubic yards of volcanic soil. The arid land of this region was used solely for cattle and horse ranges in the late 1800’s by Lord Thomas Blythe, a Scottish nobleman.

The Railroad

In 1892, Jim Hill, known as the Empire Builder, built the Great Northern Railroad, which opened the area to settlers. The first railroad camp was located at Trinidad, while Quincy had only a short siding, and the word “Quincy” was a sign on a post. (The story is that Jim Hill’s daughter named our town, sight unseen, from a list of names given to her by her father). The original Quincy was located north of the railroad tracks where Joe Clay staked out the first homestead in 1900.

Population

For current population information please visit U.S. Census Bureau.