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South Dakota CountiesThere are 66 counties in the state of South Dakota
Clark County, South Dakota
Clark County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Clark is named after Clark House, a local inn that was the county's first headquarters.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Clark County is located in the northeastern part of the state, and was created from Hanson County in 1873.
The first settlement in Clark County was in June 1879. In May of 1881, the governor appointed county Commissioners who then met and organized the county. They passed a resolution declaring that the Clark House, owned and kept by Mrs. M. E. Greenslet, be designated as the official headquarters. This house was 1/2 mile north of where the present county seat of Clark County now stands. The Chicago and Northwestern railway reached the townsite of Clark in June 1882. Clark, the county seat, is the largest town and is located in almost the exact center of the county. It was settled in the fall of 1882.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 968 square miles (2,507 kmē), of which, 958 square miles (2,481 kmē) of it is land and 10 square miles (26 kmē) of it (1.02%) is water.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"
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