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.
Geography: Land and Water
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.