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Named for General George Crook, soldier and Indian fighter.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Crook County was organized in 1875. It was named for Brigadier General George Crook, a commander during the Indian Wars.
Crook County is a place of beautiful diversity and breathtaking scenery. Many residents describe the area as "living in a postcard." Great snow, hunting, scenery, and people make the area one of the great "undiscovered" secrets of the old West.
The Crook County seat, lies at the foot of the Sundance Mountain, so named because the Sioux Indians held their councils and religious ceremonies at a place called Wi Wacippi Paha, or Temple of the Sioux. It is believed that Harry Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid, assumed his nickname in Sundance during his 18-month sentence for horse stealing
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,871 square miles (7,435 km2), of which,
2,859 square miles (7,404 km2) of it is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) of it (0.42%) is water.
Devils Tower National Monument is located in Crook County.
Bordering counties are as follows: