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Minnesota Counties

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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Murray County, Minnesota

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Murray County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. The population was 8,725 at the 2010 census. Its county seat is Slayton. The county was formed in 1857 and organized in 1872.

Etymology - Origin of Murray County Name

Named for Willian Pitt Murray, member of the territorial legislature 1852-55 and 1857; member of the constitutional convention; state representative, 1863 and 1868; state senator, 1866-67 and 1875-76; served seventeen years on the St. Paul City Council and was St. Paul City Attorney for thirteen years.

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Murray County History

Murray County was created on May 23, 1857 (Organized in 1879) from Brown County. The county was named in honor of Willian Pitt Murray (1825-1910), member of the territorial legislature 1852-55 and 1857; member of the constitutional convention; state representative, 1863 and 1868; state senator, 1866-67 and 1875-76; served seventeen years on the St. Paul City Council and was St. Paul City Attorney for thirteen years. The County Seat is located in Slayton

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water. The Mississippi-Missouri watershed divide runs through the western part of the county, near Chandler, along what is locally known as Buffalo Ridge. The highest point is in Chanarambie Township, over 1920 feet above sea level.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lyon County (north)
  • Redwood County (northeast)
  • Cottonwood County (east)
  • Nobles County (south)
  • Rock County (southwest)
  • Pipestone County (west)

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