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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

Spink County, South Dakota

Spink County Education, Geography, and History

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Spink County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,415. Its county seat is Redfield. The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1879.

Etymology - Origin of Spink County Name

Spink is named for secretary of the Dakota Territory S.L. Spink.


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Spink County History

Spink County was created in 1873 and organized in 1879. It was named for S. L. Spink, who was a secretary of the Dakota Territory from 1865 to 1869. The county seat was first located at Old Ashton in 1879. The county seat issue was an issue at subsequent elections but none of the other towns could come up with a majority vote. Despite the rivalry among the towns, court battles and injunctions, the seat remained at Old Ashton, until 1885 when an act of the legislature located the seat at Ashton. In the fall of 1886 another election was held and Redfield became the permanent location of the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,510 square miles (3,911 km2), of which, 1,504 square miles (3,895 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km2) of it (0.41%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Brown County, South Dakota - north
  • Day County, South Dakota - northeast
  • Clark County, South Dakota - east
  • Beadle County, South Dakota - south
  • Hand County, South Dakota - southwest
  • Faulk County, South Dakota - west


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