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There are sixty-six counties in the state of South Dakota. Todd County and Oglala Lakota County are the only counties in South Dakota which do not have their own county seats

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Jerauld County, South Dakota

Jerauld County Education, Geography, and History

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Jerauld County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,071. Its county seat is Wessington Springs

Etymology - Origin of Jerauld County Name

Jerauld is named for territorial legislator H.A. Jerauld.


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Jerauld County History

The legislature of 1883 divided Aurora County and named one of the two new areas Jerauld County. The county was named in honor of H. A. Jerauld, a territorial legislator in 1883 when the county was created and organized. Governor Ordway appointed county Commissioners and Wessington Springs was named the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380 km2), of which, 530 square miles (1,372 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km2) of it (0.51%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Beadle County, South Dakota - northeast
  • Sanborn County, South Dakota - east
  • Aurora County, South Dakota - south
  • Brule County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Buffalo County, South Dakota - west
  • Hand County, South Dakota - northwest


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