Aurora County, South Dakota

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Aurora County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 3,058. Its county seat is Plankinton.[1]



Aurora County, named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, was created by the Dakota Territorial Legislature on February 22, 1879. It was organized in 1881 when three county commissioners were appointed. The county had been established from the combination of Cragin and Wetmore Counties, which had both been formed in 1873. The county commission first met on August 29, 1881, and named Plankinton the county seat, an act which was ratified by voters in November 1882. Aurora County was reduced in size in 1883, when the northern part of the county was established as Jerauld County.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 713 square miles (1,846.7 km2), of which 708 square miles (1,833.7 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.61%) is water.


The county is divided into twenty townships:

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