Minnesota County Histories

Flag of MinnesotaMinnesota gained legal existence as the Minnesota Territory in 1849, and became the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858. At that point 57 counties had been established, beginning with the first nine in 1849.

The names of many of the counties pay tribute to the long history of exploration. Over ten counties names pay tribute to the state’s various Native American groups that are resident in parts of what is now Minnesota. Another fifteen counties are named after physical geographic features, with the remainder being named after politicians.

Collection Details

  1. ALVIN H. WILCOX, A PIONEER HISTORY OF BECKER COUNTY, INCLUDING A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF ITS NATURAL HISTORY., 1907
  2. ARTHUR P. ROSE, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY, MINNESOTA., 1914
  3. COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA. CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA., GEO. A. OGLE & CO., 1902
  4. COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY OF POLK COUNTY., W. H. BINGHAM & CO., 1916
  5. CONDENSED HISTORY OF MEEKER COUNTY, FRANK B LAMSON,
  6. ALBERT M. GOODRICH, HISTORY OF ANOKA COUNTY & THE TOWNS OF CHAMPLIN & DAYTON IN HENNEPIN CO., 1905
  7. REV. EDWARD D. NEILL, HISTORY OF DAKOTA COUNTY & THE CITY OF HASTINGS, INCLUDING THE EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA., 1881
  8. CONSTANT LARSON, HISTORY OF DOUGLAS & GRANT COUNTIES, THEIR PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES & INSTITUTIONS. VOL 1, 1916
  9. CONSTANT LARSON, HISTORY OF DOUGLAS & GRANT COUNTIES, THEIR PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES & INSTITUTIONS. VOL 2, 1916
  10. REV. EDWARD D. NEILL & CHARLES BRYAN, HISTORY OF FILLMORE COUNTY, INCLUDING EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA & THE SIOUX MASSACRE OF 1862., 1882
  11. HISTORY OF FREEBORN COUNTY., 1911
  12. HISTORY OF GOODHUE COUNTY., 1909
  13. REV. EDWARD D. NEILL, HISTORY OF HENNEPIN COUNTY & THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, INCLUDING THE EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA., 1881
  14. HISTORY OF MCLEOD COUNTY., H. C. COOPER, JR. , & CO., 1917
  15. HISTORY OF MINNEAPOLIS, GATEWAY TO THE NORTHWEST. VOL 1, S. J. CLARKE PUB. CO., 1923
  16. HISTORY OF MINNEAPOLIS, GATEWAY TO THE NORTHWEST. VOL 2
  17. HISTORY OF MINNEAPOLIS, GATEWAY TO THE NORTHWEST. VOL 3
  18. FRANKLYN CURTISS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY., 1911
  19. JOSEPH A. LEONARD, HISTORY OF OLMSTED COUNTY, WITH SLETCHES OF MANY OF ITS PIONEERS, CITIZENS, FAMILIES & INSTITUTIONS., 1910
  20. REV. EDW. D. NEILL & J. F. WILLIAMS., HISTORY OF RAMSEY COUNTY & THE CITY OF ST PAUL, INCLUDING THE EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA., NORTH STAR PUB. CO., 1881
  21. FRANKLYN CURTISS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF REDWOOD COUNTY. VOL 1, H. C. COOPER, JR. , & CO., 1916
  22. FRANKLYN CURTISS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF REDWOOD COUNTY. VOL 2, H. C. COOPER, JR. , & CO., 1916
  23. HISTORY OF RENVILLE COUNTY. VOL 2, 1916
  24. HISTORY OF RENVILLE COUNTY. VOL1
  25. HISTORY OF RICE & STEELE COUNTIES. VOL 1
  26. FRANKLYN CURTISS-WEDGE, HISTORY OF RICE & STEELE COUNTIES. VOL 2, H. C. COOPER, JR. , & CO., 1910
  27. NEILL & BRYANT, HISTORY OF THE MINNESOTA VALLEY, INCLUDING THE EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA & HISTORY OF THE SIOUX MASSACRE., 1882
  28. HISTORY OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY, PAST & PRESENT. VOL 1, C.F. COOPER & CO., 1909
  29. HISTORY OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY, PAST & PRESENT. VOL 2, C.F. COOPER & CO., 1909
  30. HISTORY OF THE ST CROIX VALLEY. VOL 1, H. C. COOPER, JR. , & CO., 1909
  31. HISTORY OF THE ST CROIX VALLEY. VOL 2
  32. REV. EDWARD D. NEILL, HISTORY OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, INCLUDING EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA, OUTLINES OF THE HISTORY OF MINNESOTA, EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT ABOVE THE FALLS OF ST ANTHONY., 1881
  33. HISTORY OF WABASHA COUNTY., 1920
  34. JAMES E. CHILD, HISTORY OF WASECA COUNTY, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1854 TO THE CLOSE OF YEAR 1904: A RECORD OF FIFTY YEARS, THE STORY OF THE PIONEERS., 1905
  35. REV. EDW. D. NEILL & J. F. WILLIAMS, HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY & THE ST CROIX VALLEY, INCLUDING THE EXPLORERS & PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA., NORTH STAR PUB. CO., 1881
  36. HISTORY OF WINONA COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPHICAL MATTER, STATISTICS, ETC., H.H. HILL & CO., 1883
  37. HISTORY OF WRIGHT COUNTY. VOL 1, 1915
  38. HISTORY OF WRIGHT COUNTY. VOL 2
  39. ARTHUR P. ROSE, ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF LYON COUNTY., NORTHERN HIST. PUB. CO. , 1912
  40. ARTHUR P. ROSE, ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE COUNTIES OF ROCK & PIPESTONE., NORTHERN HIST. PUB. CO. , 1911
  41. MANKATO: ITS FIRST FIFTY YEARS …[WITH] BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF EARLY SETTLERS & ACTIVE UPBUILDERS OF THE CITY, 1852-1902., 1902
  42. MEMORIAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTIES OF FARIBAULT, MARTIN, WATONWAN & JACKSON., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1895
  43. W.B. HENNESEY, PAST & PRESENT OF ST PAUL., 1906
  44. A.C. SMITH, RANDOM HISTORICAL SKETCH OF MEEKER COUNTY, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO JULY 4TH, 1876., BELFOY & JOUBERT, 1877

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