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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In 1852, Jacob McQuillin and his family settled what was to become Mower County. By 1855, the area had enough people
to merit official formation and on March 1, 1856 Minnesota Governor Willis A. Gorman (D) signed the act organizing Mower County. The county
was named in honor of John Edward Mower, a member of the territorial legislature.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 712 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 711 square miles (1,840 km2) is
land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water