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Birth, Death and Marriage records, as well as interesting newspaper tidbits from years gone past - the items YOU
used to put together your family trees. If you have information that you'd like to share with us on the history
of this county and its people, please send it to us and we'll make sure it gets posted online.
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unable to perform personal research for you. All data we come across is added
to this site, so please keep checking back!
Lake of the Woods County was organized on November 28, 1922 when a vote by area residents separated the northern
townships from Beltrami County. On January 1, 1923, the county officially began operations at its county seat in
The county contains the Northwest Angle, the northernmost point of the Lower 48 States, and includes the U.S. portion
of Lake of the Woods, shared with Canada. The county also includes the exclave of Elm Point.
In 1885 the region of Lake of the Woods got its first settler, Wilhem Zippel, who was a German immigrant and a
fisherman. He settled on the south shore of the lake in a place now called Zippel Bay. Shortly after, Alonzo Wheeler
settled on a point on the southwest side of the lake which is now called Wheeler's Point.
A terrible wildfire, which has come to be known as the Baudette Fire of 1910, broke out in October of that year,
burning 300,000 acres and destroying the towns of Spooner, Baudette, Graceton, Pitt, Williams, and Cedar Spur
* Roosevelt (mostly in Roseau county, but 3 people live on the small portion
that extends into LOTW county)
As of 2001, there were no township governments.
All the townships were officially part of unorganized territory.