Valley City is a town in Barnes County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,826 at the 2000 census. Valley City was founded in 1874. Valley City is in the heart of the Sheyenne River Valley. This charming town has plenty to experience all year, including the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, bridges and parks, incredible outdoor recreation, unique shopping and dining.
The charming North Dakota town has two local radio stations, KOVC AM 1490 and KQDJ FM 101.1. The local newspaper is the Valley City Times-Record. The town is also the home of Valley City State University and the home for the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA). The Hi-Line Railroad bridge and the North Dakota Winter Show are just 2 of the most interesting places to visit when you're in Valley City. The city is well-known for its many historic bridges over the Sheyenne River.
When a town is built around a winding river, bridges are very necessary, and 11 historic bridges adorn every corner of the city. These bridges have earned it the distinction of being called the "City of Bridges". The fact that Valley City has many scenic bridges is why they provide guided tours that showcase the many bridges located all over Valley City.
Valley City was originally called Worthington, and under the latter name was laid out in 1874 when the railroad was extended to that point. The present name is for the city's location in the valley of the Sheyenne River. A post office was established under the name Worthington in 1874, and has continued to operate under the name Valley City since 1878.
The Barnes County Historical Society seeks to preserve and share the history of Barnes County, ND, and the surrounding area. To this end, the society operates a museum of local history which contains relevant temporary exhibits.
Notable residents from Valley City include Ann Sothern an academy award winning actress whose career spanned six decades. Other residents also include: basketball player Jeff Boschee, Congressional Representative John E. Grotberg, Pulitzer prize winning historian James M. McPherson and Earl Pomeroy a former United States Congressional representative.