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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An 1874 atlas shows Crookston as the only settlement between
Georgetown and Pembina. At that time the Newfolden area was still not
surveyed, however, the 1878 completion of the St. Vincent extension of
the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba
Railroad that ran across the western part
of Pembina County was a major factor in
preparing the area for development.
Soon after, the Minnesota state
legislature divided Pembina County and
formed Marshall County on February 25,
1879. The development of the railroads
and free land attracted homesteaders
and businesses. In 1880 there were 992
residents in Marshall Co
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,813 square miles (4,700 km2), of which 1,775 square miles (4,600 km2)
is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (2.1%) is water. Marshall is one of 17 Minnesota savanna region counties where savanna soils dominate.