Towner County

US States / N / North Dakota / Towner County

Towner County is named for Oscar M Towner ( 1842-1897 ) of Larimore, who was the founder of the Elk Valley bonanza farm in Grand Forks County and a  member of the House of Representatives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Manitoba, Canada

E – Cavalier County and Ramsey County

S – Ramsey County and Benson County

W – Pierce County and Rolette County


Created:  March 8, 1883                         Map of North Dakota highlighting Towner County

County Seat: 

Cando  1884 – present


County Courthouse – Cando


Location:   315 2nd Street / 4th Avenue

Built:  1898 – 1899

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  A J O’Shea

Contractor:  Watterwoth and Fee


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped ground on the north side of the center of Cando. The building is a “T” shape with a north wing. The base of the building is stone. At the entrance the building projects and rises to a peaked roof. The roof is hipped. The upper structure has wood roof dorms. The structure has an interior of wooden floors and wainscoting, and plaster walls. The interior spaces show little evidence of recent alteration. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the Northeast Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1959. On the grounds is an Old Schoolhouse.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Towner County Courthouse


See:  The Norrheast Judicial District includes Benson CountyBottineau County, Cavalier County, McHenry County, Pembina County. Pierce County, Ramsey County, Renville County, Rolette County and Walsh County


History:  The county was created in 1883 and Cando was selected as the county seat in 1884. The county used rented premises until the first and present courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1899 at a cost of $17,927.




County Courthouse – Cando

























Picture of County Courthouse




Commission Minutes 1898 – Architect




Commission Minutes 1898 – Contractor




Old Schoolhouse – Cando

Photos taken 2007 and 2011