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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Wabasha County was created on October 27, 1849 (Organized in 1853) from Unorganized Territory. The county was named
for three generations of chiefs who had great influence among the Dakotas living along the Mississippi River. The County Seat is located in
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 550 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 523 square miles (1,350 km2) is
land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.8%) is water. Wabasha is one of 17 Minnesota counties with more savanna soils than either forest or