Lind was first settled in 1888 on a relatively barren area along the Northern Pacific
Railway's main line by Dugal and James Neilson. The sight had previously been
selected in 1881 for a station (an old boxcar) and section house and was named Lind
by the railroad although the exact origin of that name has been lost.The first Lind Post
Office was established November 13, 1886 with Charles Jell as the postmaster.
Receiving mail was really quite simple. The Ritville postmaster would put mail on the
train and the postal clerk would throw the bag off as they passed through Lind. The
new settlers, waiting patiently for the train, would open the bag and the settlers would
dig through the mail hoping to find a letter for themselves. (Can you imagine doing
that now?). For unknown reasons, service stopped on October 26, 1887, & reopened
in 1889 with James Neilson as the Postmaster. It was the first post office with the
newly incorporated town.