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There are sixty-six counties in the state of South Dakota. Todd County and Oglala Lakota County are the only counties in South Dakota which do not have their own county seats

Hyde County, South Dakota

Hyde County Education, Geography, and History

Hyde County, South Dakota Courthouse

Hyde County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 1,420, making it the fourth-least populous county in South Dakota. Its county seat is Highmore The county was founded in 1873, as a county of the Dakota Territory, and organized in 1883. It was named for James Hyde, a member of legislature in the 1870s

Etymology - Origin of Hyde County Name

Hyde is named for territorial legislator James Hyde.


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Hyde County History

The present boundaries of Hyde County were fixed by Chapter 21, laws of 1883. For recording purposes Hyde County was attached to Hughes County. Following the usual tug-of-war over the county seat location, a compromise was reached and the county seat permanently located at Highmore in 1884. The name of Hyde County came from James Hyde of Vermillion, who was a member of the territorial legislature when the county was created in 1873.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 867 square miles (2,244 km2), of which, 861 square miles (2,230 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km2) of it (0.65%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Faulk County, South Dakota - north
  • Hand County, South Dakota - east
  • Buffalo County, South Dakota - south
  • Lyman County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Hughes County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Sully County, South Dakota - west
  • Potter County, South Dakota - northwest


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