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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Stevens County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,726. Its county seat is
Morris. The county was named for the Civil War Union general Isaac Stevens; it was named for him in 1862, seven years after a legislative
clerical error denied him that honor in 1855 for what became Stearns County.
Etymology - Origin of Stevens County Name
Named for Isaac Ingalls Stevens. Directed the northern surveys
conducted for the construction of a Pacific railroad; governor of Washington
Territory, 1853-57; delegate to Congress from Washington Territory, 1857-61;
general in Civil War, killed in the battle of Chantilly, Virginia.
Stevens County was established on February 20, 1862. It is named after statesman Isaac Ingalls Stevens, who had this
county named for him seven years after a legislative clerical error denied him that honor in 1855 for Stearns County.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 564 square miles (1,460 km2) is
land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.