Cottonwood County, Minnesota

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Cottonwood County, Minnesota

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Cottonwood County was established May 23, 1857 and formally organized on July 29, 1870. It was named after the Cottonwood River - a translation of the Dakota Sioux name, "Waraju" - which runs through the northeast corner of Germantown Township.[1] The river received its name from the abundance of cottonwood trees on its banks.[2]

Minnesota Governor Austin appointed three county commissioners when the county was established. They met at a private home about six miles northwest of Windom on the Des Moines River at Big Bend. During this meeting, they designated the commissioners districts and changed various county officers. In the fall of 1870, the first general election was held. The first deed on record was filed on January 10, 1870. The first land assessments were made in 1871, and in 1872, the first taxes were paid.[3]

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Maps and Boundaries



  • Bingham Lake
  • Comfrey (partial)
  • Jeffers
  • Mountain Lake
  • Storden
  • Westbrook
  • Windom (county seat)


  • Amboy Township
  • Amo Township
  • Ann Township
  • Carson Township
  • Dale Township
  • Delton Township
  • Germantown Township
  • Great Bend Township
  • Highwater Township
  • Lakeside Township
  • Midway Township
  • Mountain Lake Township
  • Rose Hill Township
  • Selma Township
  • Southbrook Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Storden Township
  • Westbrook Township

Records and Resources


  1. Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 149.
  2. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 93.
  3. "Cottonwood County :: About Cottonwood County". Retrieved 2018-09-1.

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