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Washburn County is a county in the state of Wisconsin. It is named after Governor Cadwallader C. Washburn. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,911. Its county seat is Shell Lake. The county was created in 1883
Named in honor of Cadwallader C. Washburn, governor of the State, 1872-74. Born in Maine (1818), Wash-burn migrated West at the age of twenty-one. In 1842 he settled at Mineral Point, was admitted to the bar, and opened a bank. He was a congressman for three terms (1855-61), and again after the War of Secession (wherein he served), for two further terms (1867-71). After retiring from public life he built up the flour-mill industry at Minneapolis. For many years he was president of the State Historical Society, and gave the University its observatory. He died in 1882.
[Source: Kellogg, Louise Phelps. "Derivation of County Names" in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1909, pages 219-231.]
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Washburn County was established in 1883 and named after Cadwallader C. Washburn. The county is divided into
twenty-one districts, with a representative from each district that serves on the Washburn County Board of Supervisors.
Washburn County is the 28th largest county in Wisconsin and has a population of 16,036. The county's municipalities consist of twenty-one towns, two villages, and two cities. The county seat located in Shell Lake.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 853 square miles (2,209 km2), of which, 810 square miles (2,097 km2) of it is land and 43 square miles (112 km2) of it (5.08%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: