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North Dakota Counties

There are fifty-three counties in the state of North Dakota. Pembina County was created by the 1866-1867 Dakota territorial legislature, and was organized on August 12, 1867. The city of Pembina, the oldest European-American settlement in the state, was the county seat from 1867 to 1911. The seat was relocated to Cavalier.

McLean County, North Dakota

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McLean County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,962 Its county seat is Washburn. The county was created by the 1883 territorial legislature and organized on November 1, 1883. It was named for John A. McLean, a prominent citizen and the first mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota

Etymology - Origin of McLean County Name

Named for John A. McLean of Bismarck (1849-1916), a prominent merchant and the city's first mayor.


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McLean County History

Created by the 1883 territorial legislature and named for John A. McLean of Bismarck (1849-1916), a prominent merchant and the city's first mayor. Government organized: November 1, 1883. County Seat: Washburn, 1883-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,328 square miles (6,030 km2), of which 2,111 square miles (5,470 km2) is land and 217 square miles (560 km2) (9.3%) is water. It is the third-largest county in North Dakota by land area and second-largest by total area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Ward County (north)
  • McHenry County (northeast)
  • Sheridan County (east)
  • Burleigh County (southeast)
  • Oliver County (south)
  • Mercer County (southwest)
  • Dunn County (west)
  • Mountrail County (northwest)


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