Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0382


Douglas County, Minnesota is rectangular in shape and divided into 20 townships, each with its own township board as the local governing body. There are five townships across from west to east, and four down, north to south. Each townships is approximately six miles square, each totaling an area of 36 square miles. Each township is divided into 36 sections with each section being one mile square and containing 640 acres of land.

The Douglas County Historical Society is a great place to research township information. We have history files for many aspects of each township, plat maps dating from 1886, churches and cemetery recorsd organized by township, land records back to the original homesteaders, township maps color coded by ethnicity/origins, and other information to supplement your research.


Below is a list of historic and current township names. Check out their origins here:

Adkinsville Township (later became Moe Township)

Alexandria Township

Belle River Township

Brandon Township

Carlos Township

Chippewa Township (later renamed Brandon Township)

Evansville Township

Holmes City Township

Hudson Township

Ida Township

La Grand Township

Lake Mary Township

Leaf Valley Township

Lund Township

Maple Lake Township (became Hudson Township)

Maple Town Township (became Hudson Township)

Millerville Township

Miltona Township

Moe Township

Orange Township

Osakis Township

Red Rock Township (renamed Urness Township)

Riverdale Township (became Belle River Township)

Roslyn Township (renamed Hudson Township)

Solem Township

Spruce Hill Township