There are eighty-seven Counties in Minnesota. On October 27, 1849 nine large Minnesota Counties were
created. Among them were Benton, Dahkotah, Itasca, Ramsey, Mahkahta, Pembina, Wabashaw, Washington, and Wahnata.
Of those Benton, Dakota, Itasca, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington still exist as their original name. With the
creation of Kittson County on March 9, 1878, Pembina County no longer existed. When Minnesota was organized as a
state, 57 of the present 87 Counties were established. The last county to be created was Lake of the Woods
County in 1923
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Lyon County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,857. Its county seat is
Lyon County comprises the Marshall, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Lyon County Name
Named for General Nathaniel Lyon who worked against secession
in Missouri; served in frontier duty with Army in Minnesota and Dakota
territory, 1853-61; killed in Civil War at battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri,
Lyon County was created on November 2, 1869 (Organized in 1870, Deorganized in 1873 the Reorganized in 1875) from
Redwood County. The county was named in honor of General Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861) who worked against secession in Missouri; served in
frontier duty with Army in Minnesota and Dakota territory, 1853-61; killed in Civil War at battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, 1861. The
County Seat is located in Marshall and the county government
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is
land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.0%) is water.