Early History

There were thoughts of building the town of Golva in 1913, but once the railroad went through in 1915, the town began to take off. The railroad, built with horses, mules, and wagons, was completed in 1916.

In 1920, the Catholic Church was moved from Burkey, North Dakota to Golva and stood until 1968 when it was torn down and a new church erected. Also in 1920, the Equity Elevator burned and the Farmers Elevator was built in its place. 2 elevators still stand in Golva.

The 1st school in Golva was a 1-room country school. When it appeared a larger school was needed in 1917, a brick building was constructed. A new addition was added in 1971.

Big wages in the early 1900s were about $1 a day. Entertainment was of the townspeople's own making. They played pool, went roller skating or attended dances. The businesses did well until "hard times" of the depression came. Many businesses had to sell out and move on.


Although the town of Golva no longer boasts the number of businesses it once did (the population is just about 100), the community can be proud of the strength they show as a collective group of family and friends who call this "Biggest Little Town on the Prairie" their home.

Town celebration, such as the 4th of July parade, picnic, dance and fireworks display are attended by hundreds of people each year.

The key to the success of the ventures these few people bring about is togetherness. Golva residents have the reputation of working together in harmony. If an event is held in Golva there is never a question of it being a huge success. Golva people support one another in work, play and good will.