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Wisconsin CountiesThere are 72 counties in the state of Wisconsin.
Buffalo County, Wisconsin
Buffalo County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Buffalo County was named for its chief river, Beef or Buffalo, so designated because of the former
presence of that animal in the vicinity (Gannett, Place Names, p. 55). Buffalo River was named by Father Louis Hennepin
in his voyage up the Mississippi (1680); see Thwaites, Hennepin's New Discovery (Chicago, 1905), p. 222, where the
explorer calls it "River of Wild Bulls" and on the accompanying map, it is designated "River of Oxen." The French
voyageurs called this stream Riviere des Boeufs; hence its present designation, Beef River.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Buffalo County is located within the Drift less Area of Western Wisconsin, and was founded in 1853. Buffalo
County is named after the Buffalo River, which was named in 1680 by Father Hennepin. French voyagers called the
river "Riviere des Boeufs," meaning beef or Buffalo. The 42nd largest County in the State, its boundaries on the
south, west , and east are formed by the Mississippi River, and in part, by the Chippewa and Trempealeau Rivers.
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