Maida, North Dakota

Maida (also Seven Lakes) is an unincorporated community in northern Cavalier County, North Dakota, United States. It lies along North Dakota Highway 1, north of the city of Langdon, the county seat of Cavalier County.[1] Its elevation is 1,562 feet (476 m). Maida serves as a port of entry between Canada and the United States.[2]

Maida, North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Maida (the United States)
Coordinates: 48°59′55″N 98°21′53″W
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
1,562 ft (476 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)701
GNIS feature ID1030066

Various possibilities have been suggested for the etymology of the name "Maida":[3][4]

  • A book read by Charles Howatt, the first postmaster
  • Suggested by two Canadian bankers from a dog in a novel by Sir Walter Scott
  • A clipping of "maiden" name for a haymeadow

Maida's post office was established in September 1884 and became a Rural Branch of Langdon in April 1967; the community still has its own ZIP code of 58255.[5][6] The Maida post office closed in (Date Needed).

Maida was an attraction every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night, thanks to Jack's Bar; at times the community of just a handful would turn into hundreds. After 46 years in operation Jack's Bar closed in 2010 to make room for a new border crossing.[7] Now the once booming town sits empty with only one resident.


  1. Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 77.
  2. "Port Of Entry-Maida". U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Maida, North Dakota, Geographic Names Information System, 1980-02-13. Accessed 2008-03-28.
  4. Wick, Douglas A. North Dakota Place Names. Hedemarken Collectibles. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6.
  5. Patera, Alan H. & Gallagher, John S. (1982). North Dakota Post Offices 1850-1982. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot. p. 46.
  6. Zip Code Lookup
  7. "Maida Bar to Close Because of Border Patrol Expansion". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
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