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South Dakota Counties
South Dakota CountiesThere are 66 counties in the state of South Dakota
Shannon County, South Dakota
Shannon County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Shannon is named for Peter Shannon, a Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Shannon County, created in 1875, was organized and signed a Home Rule Charter in August of 1982. The entire county is included within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Shannon County contracts with Fall River County for the duties of Auditor, Treasurer and Register of Deeds.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,097 square miles (5,430 kmē), of which,
2,094 square miles (5,423 kmē) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 kmē) of it is water. The total area is 0.13%
Cities and Towns:
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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!"
But age, size and colorful names of our counties isn't the only reason to explore counties' role in American history, or the history of county government itself. In fact, the story of county government reflects the larger meanings of American history.
Today's counties are the most flexible, locally responsive and creative governments in the US. They are the most diverse, varying in size, population, geography, and governmental structure. In their politics and policies, they express a 1990's political slogan "Think globally, act locally."