Humboldt County, Iowa

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Humboldt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It was created in 1857 and is named in honor of Alexander von Humboldt. As of 2000, the population was 10,381. Its county seat is Dakota City.[1]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,129.2 km2), of which 434 square miles (1,124.1 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.30%) is water.

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Humboldt County was established in 1851 as the smallest county in Iowa. It was named after Alexander von Humboldt. On July 1, 1855, the county lines were newly established, adding some land from Kossuth County and Webster County. On February 26, 1857, the old borders were reestablished, and Webster County would not return the land, leaving Humboldt County with only twelve townships.[2] In 1872, Humboldt College was opened and closed in 1916 because there was no agreement with the county about taxation.[2]

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