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History

Ransom County was established 4 Jan 1873 and organized 4 Apr 1881. It is located in the southeastern part of the state. It was named for Fort Ransom, which in turn was named for Gen. Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864) who died for the Union in the Civil War. Area ot the county is 863 square miles with the 1980 population at 6714.

The county seat, Lisbon, was founded on September 25, 1880 by Joseph Colton, who was the first to homestead the area. Colton named the town Lisbon, after Lisbon, New York, where he had resided before moving to Frazee, Minnesota. A charter was signed on March 19, 1883. Colton became the first postmaster, the first chairman of the school board, the first county clerk and the first county register of deeds. Colton was defeated in an election to become the first mayor by two votes (G. B. Green won the position). Colton moved on to Ward County and founded the town of Burlington. He died in Florida in 1896. Click here for more on past Lisbon residents..

Some Ransom Villages

Aliceton
Brockway
Fort Ransom
Miller
Sheldon
Elliott
Venlo
Englevale
Moore
Sheldon Junction

Buttzville
Little Norway
Williard
Lisbon
Marshall
Greenriver
Mullen
Shenford
Camp Haye
Plymouth

Sandoun
Griswold
Normanna
Standingrock
Camp Wharton
Wisner
Crossing
Anslem
Owego
Sydna

Camp Wilson
Enderlin
Fairbault
Forest City
Bonnersville
Penequa
McLeod
The Colony
Coburn
Kidville

Pigeon Point
Scovill
Roscoe
Hays
Preston

 1895 Ransom County Map

 



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