Aitkin County, Minnesota

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Aitkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 15,301. Its county seat is Aitkin[1]. A portion of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is in the county.



Aitkin County was established in 1857 as Aiken County and had a spelling change of its name to the current spelling in 1872. Aitkin County was named after William Alexander Aitken, a fur trader for the American Fur Company, under John Jacob Astor. Formed from Ramsey and Pine counties, Aiken County originally consisted of the 17 townships closest to Mille Lacs Lake. It acquired out-lands of Ramsey, Itasca and Pine Counties to its north and east. It was reorganized in 1871, taking up lands from Cass and Itasca Counties and losing a point located in the southwestern corner to Crow Wing County to form its current boundaries.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,995 square miles (5,170 km2), of which 1,819 square miles (4,710 km2) is land and 176 square miles (460 km2) (8.82%) is water.

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