Buchanan County, Minnesota

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Buchanan County is a former county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was established May 23, 1857, as a county in the Minnesota Territory, named after President James Buchanan.[1] It comprised the 24 northern townships, now forming the northern half of Pine County, Minnesota. The Buchanan County seat was Fortuna[1] (known today as Sandstone). This county was dissolved and incorporated with Pine County in 1861.

In recent years, residents of Pine County proposed dividing the county in half, re-introducing Buchanan County. The referendum for this proposal went to ballot in 2000 and was rejected.


  1. ^ a b Brown, Calvin L. (1922). "Some Changes in Local Boundaries and Names in Minnesota" in Minnesota History Bulletin 4:5. (St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society).