Waseca County, Minnesota

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Waseca County, Minnesota

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Dakota Indians inhabited the land of Waseca County before the first white settlers located here. The Asa and Eliza Sutlief family filed the first claim in the county in Wilton Township in 1854. By the time the county was organized in 1857, most of the areas in the county were established. Waseca is a Dakota word meaning rich, especially in provisions. In Dakota writing and books the word waseca is spelled as we spell the name and is used to mean fertile. The name Waseca was first applied to the earliest farming settlement in 1855 near the present city of Waseca.[1]

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Maps and Boundaries

  • Rice County (northeast)
  • Steele County (east)
  • Freeborn County (southeast)
  • Faribault County (southwest)
  • Blue Earth County (west)
  • Le Sueur County (northwest)



Elysian (partly in Le Sueur County)
New Richland
Waseca (county seat)


Alton Township
Blooming Grove Township
Byron Township
Freedom Township
Iosco Township
Janesville Township
New Richland Township
Otisco Township
St. Mary Township
Vivian Township
Wilton Township
Woodville Township

Records and Resources


  1. Discover Waseca. Accessed October 08, 2018. http://discoverwaseca.com/visitors/what-to-do/historic-waseca/.

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