Lawrence County, South Dakota

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 21,802. Its county seat is Deadwood.[1]

Lawrence County is the only county in the Spearfish, South Dakota, Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 800 square miles (2,073 km²), of which 800 square miles (2,072 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.03%) is water.


The county is divided into one township: St. Onge; and two areas of unorganized territory: North Lawrence and South Lawrence.

John Lawrence

The county was named for "Colonel" John Lawrence who came to the county as first treasurer in 1877. Lawrence had previously served in the Dakota Territorial Legislature, as a Sergeant at Arms for the United States House of Representatives, and a US Marshal for the Dakota territory. After retirement he continued to act as county road supervisor and as an election judge. The title "Colonel" was honorary, bestowed by the governor of the Dakota Territory.

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