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Potter County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,329. Its county seat is Gettysburg. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1883.
Potter is named for territorial legislator Joel A. Potter.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Potter County, created in 1875 and organized in 1883, was created as Ashmore County, in honor of Samuel Ashmore of Elk Point, a member of the Legislature of 1872-3. Later the name was changed to Potter in 1877 to honor Dr. Joel A. Potter, a member of the Legislature of that year. The first county commission meeting was held at Forest City on December 27, 1883 to locate a county seat. In January 1885, after a court fight the town of Gettysburg was named county seat and the records were moved to that location.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 898 square miles (2,327 km2), of which, 866
square miles (2,244 km2) of it is land and 32 square miles (83 km2) of it (3.56%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: