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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Martin County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 20,840. Its county seat is
Fairmont. Martin County was named for Henry Martin, a pioneer settler.
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named either for Henry Martin or Morgan Lewis Martin. Henry
Martin was a prominent landowner from Connecticut. Morgan Lewis Martin was a
delegate to Congress from Wisconsin and introduced a bill for the organization
of the Minnesota Territory
Martin County was created on May 23, 1857 from Brown County and Faribault County . The county was named in honor of either Henry Martin or
Morgan Lewis Martin (1805-1887). Henry Martin was a prominent landowner from Connecticut. Morgan Lewis Martin was a delegate to Congress from
Wisconsin and introduced a bill for the organization of the Minnesota Territory. The County Seat is located in Fairmont
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 730 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is
land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.4%) is water