Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota

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Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota

Welcome to the Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota project page!

Prior to 1849, Yellow Medicine County, was under federal jurisdiction and was officially known as a part of Wisconsin Territory. At this time the territory was mostly inhabited by the Chippewa Tribe to the north and Dakota Tribe to the south. In 1849, Yellow Medicine became part of Minnesota Territory and was a part of Dakota and Wabasha counties. According to the treaties of 1850, when tribes of the Sioux surrendered title to their lands in Minnesota, a tract of land ten miles wide on each side of the Minnesota River was reserved as Dakota Territory. In 1852, Dr. Thomas Williamson, a medical missionary with the Presbyterian Church, established the Pejuhatazizi Mission. "Pejuhatazizi" is a Dakota name meaning "Yellow Medicine", the name of a plant used by the Dakota for medicinal purposes and where the county name originates. Yellow Medicine County was created by a legislative act on March 6, 1871. [1]

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Maps and Boundaries

  • Lac qui Parle County (north)
  • Chippewa County (northeast)
  • Renville County (east)
  • Redwood County (southeast)
  • Lyon County (south)
  • Lincoln County (southwest)
  • Deuel County, South Dakota (west)



Granite Falls (county seat; partly in Chippewa County) (Partly in Renville County)
Hanley Falls
Hazel Run
St. Leo
Wood Lake


Burton Township
Echo Township
Florida Township
Fortier Township
Friendship Township
Hammer Township
Hazel Run Township
Lisbon Township
Minnesota Falls Township
Norman Township
Normania Township
Omro Township
Oshkosh Township
Posen Township
Sandnes Township
Sioux Agency Township
Stony Run Township
Swede Prairie Township
Tyro Township
Wergeland Township
Wood Lake Township

Records and Resources


  1. "Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota Genealogy and History - Presented by Genealogy Trails." Genealogy Trails. Accessed October 08, 2018.

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