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Barron County, Wisconsin

Barron County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Barron
Year Organized: 1859
Square Miles: 863
Court House:

330 East LaSalle Avenue
County Courthouse
Barron, WI 54812-1501

Etymology - Origin of County Name

1) In honor of Henry D. Barron, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., judge of the eigth judicial circuit. Formerly named Dallas, in honor of George Miflin Dallas, Vice President of the United States (1845-49). 2) "Judge H.D. Barron told me the county was named after a Mr. Barron, a lumberman residing at Chippewa Falls but operating quite heavily in what is now Barron Co. I don't think that he said this to be modest. He would have been more likely to claim the distinction." - Nils P. Haugen

[Source: 1) Chippewa Valley, p.311 2) Wis. Hist. Colls., ix, pp.405-409]


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County History

British explorers first claimed this area and French explorers set up an early trading post at Rice Lake dealing with the Sioux Indians. It was claimed by the U.S. in 1787 as part of the Northwest Territory and later became part of the Territory of Wisconsin. This area was at that time part of Crawford County and in 1840 was annexed to St. Croix County. In 1859 Dallas County was established and it became Barron County in 1869. Named after a prominent Wisconsin pioneer, it is a surveyed county, that is, its borders are set up by survey rather than by natural boundaries.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 square miles (2,305 km2), of which, 863 square miles (2,235 km2) of it is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) of it (3.05%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Washburn County – north
  • Sawyer County – northeast
  • Rusk County – east
  • Chippewa County – southeast
  • Dunn County – south
  • St. Croix County – southwest
  • Polk County – west
  • Burnett County – northwest


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