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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

Rock County, Minnesota

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Rock County is a county located in the state of Minnesota, in the far southwestern corner of the state. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,687. Its county seat is Luverne. The county was formed in 1857 and organized in 1870. Rock County was named for the rocky soil.

Etymology - Origin of Rock County Name

Named for the prominent outcrop of quartzite north of the City of Luverne


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Rock County History

Rock County was created on May 23, 1857 (Organized in 1874) from Brown County. The county was named for the prominent outcrop of quartzite north of the City of Luverne. (County was originally called Pipestone County and Pipestone County used to be called Rock County. The Counties swapped names in 1862.) The County Seat is located in Luverne

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 483 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 482 square miles (1,250 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Pipestone County (north)
  • Murray County (northeast)
  • Nobles County (east)
  • Lyon County, Iowa (south)
  • Minnehaha County, South Dakota (west)
  • Moody County, South Dakota (northwest)


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