Divide County

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Divide County is named due to the vote of November 1910 when Williams County was divided to form the new county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saskatchewan, Canada

E – Burke County

S – Williams County

W – Sheridan County, Montana


Created:  November 8, 1910                  Map of North Dakota highlighting Divide County

County Seat: 

Crosby  1910 – present


County Courthouse – Crosby


Location:  300 2nd Avenue North / Main Street

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Beaux Arts and Classical Revival

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  Elson Williams Construction Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story brown-buff colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Crosby. On the center of the roof is an octagonal central dome with silver colored roof and clock. The south front has a Greek-style portico supported by two tall columns. White colored trim surrounds the roof line. The courtroom is located on the second story. In 2017, a major addition to the courthouse was added on the north side that greatly expanded the square footage. The architect was Klein, McCarthy & Company and the contractor was Construction Engineers, Inc. Near the building is the two story buff colored brick Sheriff’s Residence.


See:  The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Divide County Courthouse


History:  In 1910, the Commissioners met at the Security State Bank in Crosby. Then they met at the Traveler’s Hotel and State Bank of Williams County at Crosby. The first courthouse was the Sagerty Hall in Crosby. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1917. The contractor won the bid at $104,951 but stopped work in 1917 and Max Bowman was hired as superintendent to complete construction. Other contractors were Pauly Jail Building Company for jail cells, Crosby Auto Company for electrical work and Foster and Connelly Heating Company.




County Courthouse – Crosby

























Sheriff’s Residence – Crosby




Photos taken 2006, 2011 and 2016