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)
Belle River Township
Chippewa Township (later renamed Brandon Township)
Holmes City Township
La Grand Township
Lake Mary Township
Leaf Valley Township
Maple Lake Township (became Hudson Township)
Maple Town Township (became Hudson Township)
Red Rock Township (renamed Urness Township)
Riverdale Township (became Belle River Township)
Roslyn Township (renamed Hudson Township)
Spruce Hill Township