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South Dakota CountiesThere are 66 counties in the state of South Dakota
Hand County, South Dakota
Hand County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Hand is named for George H. Hand, U.S. Attorney for the District of Dakota Territory.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Hand County was created in 1873 and organized in 1882. It was named for George H. Hand, U.S. Attorney for the Dakota Territory. The first county commission meeting was held September 1, 1882. The town of Miller was named County seat, but not without a battle with St. Lawrence.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,730 kmē), of which,
1,437 square miles (3,721 kmē) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 kmē) of it (0.25%) 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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