Wilkin County, Minnesota

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Wilkin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was originally established as Toombs County on March 8, 1858, named after Robert Toombs (1810–85) of Georgia, who had been a member of Congress, 1845–53, and was U.S. senator, 1853-61. Mr. Toombs became a leading disunionist, then a Confederate secretary of state in 1861, and later was a Confederate general. In 1863, the county was renamed Andy Johnson County after President Andrew Johnson and to disassociate with Mr. Toombs. The county again changed its name to Wilkin County on March 6, 1868.

Toombs County was formed from Pembina County. It is the parental county for Traverse County, and now are parts of Clay, Otter Tail, Grant, Stevens, Douglas and Pope Counties. As of 2000, the population of Wilkin County was 7,138. Its county seat is Breckenridge[1].

Wilkin County is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 752 square miles (1,947 km²), of which 751 square miles (1,946 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.03%) is water.


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