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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

Mower County, Minnesota

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Mower County is a county located in the state of Minnesota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 39,163. The county seat is Austin. The county is named after John Edward Mower.

Mower County comprises the Austin, MN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Rochester-Austin Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Mower County Name

Named for John E. Mower, member of the council in the territorial legislature, 1854-55; state representative, 1874-75.


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Mower County History

In 1852, Jacob McQuillin and his family settled what was to become Mower County. By 1855, the area had enough people to merit official formation and on March 1, 1856 Minnesota Governor Willis A. Gorman (D) signed the act organizing Mower County. The county was named in honor of John Edward Mower, a member of the territorial legislature.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 712 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 711 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Dodge County (north)
  • Olmsted County (northeast)
  • Fillmore County (east)
  • Howard County, Iowa (southeast)
  • Mitchell County, Iowa (south)
  • Worth County, Iowa (southwest)
  • Freeborn County (west)


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