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Shannon County, South Dakota

Shannon County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Hot Springs
Year Organized: 1875
Square Miles: 2,094
Court House:

906 North River Street
County Courthouse
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1390

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

County History

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% water.

The county includes the headwaters of the Little White River.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Pennington County, South Dakota - north
  • Jackson County, South Dakota - northeast
  • Bennett County, South Dakota - east
  • Sheridan County, Nebraska - south
  • Dawes County, Nebraska - southwest
  • Fall River County, South Dakota - west
  • Custer County, South Dakota - northwest

Cities and Towns:

- Batesland town Incorporated Area

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