Cavalier County

      Welcome to the Cavalier County website. This site is a collection of various events, facts, and many other things that pertain to Cavalier County. Cavalier County is located in the upper North Eastern part of North Dakota and has terrific benefits to offer such as a great place to live – low crime and great schools, hunting and fishing, and wonderful people that are always willing to help each other out.

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      *************************NEWS – Plat Books****************************

      Who owns Cavalier County? Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are listed in the new plat book published by the Cavalier County with Mapping Solutions. The 2019 book is available for purchase for $50 at the County Auditor’s office. There are also Premium Wall Maps available for purchase and the Cavalier County Auditor will be holding a drawing to give away BOTH a Premium Wall Map and a SmartMap of Cavalier County, so please stop by the office to register for a chance to win one of these great products! This 118-page spiral-bound book features the standard landownership map pages showing townships and ranges of Cavalier County, these maps include the property boundaries for all rural parcels, the name of the owner and the number of acres owned. Opposite the landownership maps are the new enhanced LiDAR aerial view maps which have a 3D effect showing the actual topography of the land. Also, there is a handy landowner index for easy cross referencing.

      In this new edition, you will find a current Cavalier County Government Directory page, a Watersheds Map, City of Langdon Map and a County Road Map with Road Index. Each landowner map page features an index of small parcels found on the page.  And, as an added bonus there is an explanation of the public land survey system. Mapping Solutions is the publisher.

      This information is valuable to anyone with a need to know who owns land in Cavalier County. Prospective or adjoining property owners, hunters, foresters, timber and petroleum industry personnel, emergency services and many others would be interested in having a copy.

      Now available….2 digital versions of the Cavalier County landowner maps.

          1. SmartMap for your smart phone or tablet. A SmartMap allows you to view your location on the map and track real-time movement with the device GPS, you can measure distances and areas as well as add points of interest, photos, position and label names to the map and much more.

          2. eBook for your tablet, laptop or PC. This is a digital version of the plat book.

      Visit mappingsolutionsGIS.com for these products.


      Cavalier County was created from the western part of Pembina County in 1873 and named by the Territorial Legislature for Charles Cavileer, a well know fur trader, customs agent and postmaster. The Spelling has always been Cavalier.

      After petitioning the Territorial Governor for permission to organize the county, Patrick McHugh, W. Hudson Matthews and L.C. Noracong met for the purpose on July 8, 1884. On July 26 the new county officials met for the second time and chose Noracong as Chairman of the Board with William H. Doyle and Matthews as Commissioners. The first Register of Deeds and County Clerk was McHugh. W.J. Mooney became the first Judge of Probate, Charles B. Nelson was the first Cavalier County Supt. of Schools and Clarence Hawkes the first Sheriff.

      The site of the new county seat was chosen at this meeting and named Langdon for Robert Bruce Langdon of Minnesota, a federal railroad official who never visited the town.

      Fifteen townships from Pembina County were added to Cavalier County by vote of their residents in May of 1885. A census taken at that time revealed 5,029 residence living in nine large townships. The nine townships names used in 1885 are still used. The current boundaries and township names were standardized in 1906.

      The first court house was built in the fall of 1884 at a cost of $360.00. It was used briefly and then abandoned for warmer and more centrally located quarters in a downtown bank. A large brick court house was built in 1895 on the present site at a contract cost of $9,099.00. This building served county officials until the current court house was constructed in 1957-58.


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