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Cando [1] is the seat of Towner County, in the northeastern area of North Dakota. It has a population of about 1,342 people. Coordinates are Latitude 48.49N & Longitude 99.21W. It is about 37 miles northwest of Devils Lake


How did Cando get its name? In 1884, J.W. Connelly is said to have objected to creating a new town to be the seat of Towner County. County Commissioner Capt. Prosper Parker is quoted as responding, "Gentlemen, we have been appointed to this committee to decide this location, and in virtue of our authority, we select this location and name the town 'Cando' to show you that we Can-Do it."

Get in[edit]

  • By car: from US Highway 2, about 16 miles north on US 281 to the intersection of state highway 17.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Pioneer Museum exhibits newspapers, artifacts and area settlements displays. The one-room school near the historic courthouse is part of the museum. By appointment. Tel: (701) 968-3943. Admission: free will donations.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Duck Hunting: Cando is in the Heart of the Central Flyway.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Dee's Cafe, 507 Main St, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-3862
  • MA's Family Diner, 931 1st Ave, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-4400
  • Dairy Queen, 112 9th St, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-3989

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cando Bar, 514 Main St, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-3412
  • Gordy's Bar, 409 Main St, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-3221

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Considine Lodge. 6349 78th St. NE, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 739-9649 or (701) 351-0332. Farmhouse, 3 bedrooms, private bath and kitchen, located in great birding area. Seven miles to Bisbee Dam and fishing. Kennel available. Email: [email protected]
  • Featherock Inn, 517 Third St., Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-3530. Kennel on site. Good hunting and fishing nearby. Email: [email protected]
  • Sportsman's Motel, Hwy 281 S, Cando, ND 58324. Tel: (701) 968-4451. Fax: (701) 968-4487

Get out[edit]

Routes through Cando
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