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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Traverse County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 3,558, making it the
least-populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat is Wheaton. The county was founded in 1862 and organized in 1881.
Etymology - Origin of Traverse County Name
Received its name from the Lake Traverse, a translation of the
Dakota name Mdehdakinyan, which means lake lying crosswise (compared to Big
Stone and Lac qui Parle Lakes).
Traverse County takes its name from Lake Traverse, located just west of Wheaton, which has been the county seat
since 1886. Traverse County was organized in 1862 and in 1870 the Homestead Act opened the territory to European immigrants who successfully
farmed Traverse County's rich soil.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 586 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is
land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.