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Miner County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,389. Its county seat is Howard. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1880.
Miner is named for territorial legislators Nelson Miner and Ephriam Miner.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Miner County was created in 1873 and organized in 1880. It was named for Captain Nelson Miner of Vermillion and Ephriam Miner of Yankton, both of whom were members of the Territorial Legislature in 1873. In 1880 Territorial Governor Ordway named three Commissioners. Forestburg and Howard were contending for the county seat. Howard's victory was said to be due to the large number of graders from out of state working on the railroad. Following a legal battle with citizens from Forestburg, the records were delivered to Howard.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 572 square miles (1,481 km2), of which, 570
square miles (1,477 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.29%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: