Beadle County, South Dakota

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Beadle County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 17,023. Its county seat is Huron[1].

Beadle County is the only county in the Huron Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Beadle County, named in honor of Brigadier General William Henry Harrison Beadle, was created by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1879 and formally organized in 1880 with the appointment of three county commissioners by Governor Nehemiah G. Ordway. The first town within Beadle County was Cavour, but Huron was named the county seat when the county commissioners first met there in July 1880.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,265 square miles (3,276.3 km2), of which 1,259 square miles (3,260.8 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (0.48%) is water.


The county is divided into thirty-six townships: Allen, Altoona, Banner, Barrett, Belle Prairie, Bonilla, Broadland, Burr Oak, Carlyle, Cavour, Clifton, Clyde, Custer, Dearborn, Fairfield, Foster, Grant, Hartland, Huron, Iowa, Kellogg, Lake Byron, Liberty, Logan, Milford, Nance, Pearl Creek, Pleasant View, Richland, Sand Creek, Theresa, Valley, Vernon, Wessington, Whiteside, Wolsey.

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