New Salem is a progressive community with a population of 975 friendly people located about 30 miles west of Bismarck, North Dakota, along Interstate 94. The community’s businesses on Main Street and in the Golden West Shopping Center on the north side of the community provide a wide range of shopping and services.
Unlike other rural North Dakota communities that are seeing their populations shrink, New Salem is a thriving community. In fact, its school is growing, and boasts a K-12 enrollment of over 400. New Salem is also home to numerous churches, a community medical clinic, the county fair grounds and much, much more.
New Salem is also a regional agricultural center. In fact, it is in the heart of the largest dairy producing area in North Dakota, and it is the home of Salem Sue, the world’s largest Holstein cow. A tribute to the area’s dairy industry, Salem Sue was constructed in 1974 at a cost of $40,000. In the ensuing years, Salem Sue has become a landmark for travelers across North Dakota. Visible for miles, and big enough to impress even the likes of Paul Bunyan, the fiberglass lady stands 38 feet high and 50 feet long on top of School Hill on the north edge of New Salem.
Those seeking to relax will enjoy the 9 hole golf course, city swimming pool, tennis courts, softball fields, horseshoe pits, camping, and the city’s parks. The area’s upland game hunting is unsurpassed. And, Sweet Briar Lake, a few miles away, offers camping and great fishing.