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Clay County, Minnesota

Photo: Patterson-Hernandez House, ca. 1899, 404 Main Avenue West, Barnesville, MN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by User:Elizabeth A. Armour (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2014.

Clay County Photo

The Clay County Courthouse is located at 807 11th Street North, Moorhead, MN 56560; phone: 218‑299‑5002.

Clay County Neighborhoods

Solomon Gilman Comstock House

Photo: Solomon Gilman Comstock House, circa 1883, located at 506 8th Street South, moorhead, MN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Photographed by user:McGhiever (own work), 2013, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed September, 2021.


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Established in 1858 the county was named Breckenridge in honor of John C. Breckenridge, U.S. Vice President at the time. Because the county militia joined the Confederate army during the Civil War, the Minnesota Legislature rescinded the name in 1862. The county was re-christened as Clay County in honor of Henry Clay [1777-1852].

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