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Dunn County has an interesting history of being created, disappearing, reappearing, and changing boundaries.
All this took place from 1873 until taking final form in 1908. In
1873 Howard County was created from unorganized county area. Then in
1883 Dunn County was created from Howard along with other counties. Dunn was
elongated east to west and bore no resemblance to its final form. Boundaries changed again in
1885 when a more north south orientation was chosen. In
1896 Dunn disappeared into Stark County. Then in
1901 it reappeared as it was pre 1896. In
1908 the morphing was complete and Dunn became the Dunn we know today. On the maps
Howard is abbrevated HO and Dunn Dun.