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McCook County, South Dakota

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McCook County
McCook County Courthouse
McCook County Courthouse
Map of South Dakota highlighting McCook County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°40′N 97°22′W / 43.67°N 97.36°W / 43.67; -97.36
Country United States
State South Dakota
FoundedJanuary 8, 1873 (created)
June 15, 1878 (organized)
Named forEdwin Stanton McCook
Largest citySalem
 • Total577 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land574 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2)  0.5%
 • Total5,682
 • Density9.8/sq mi (3.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large

McCook County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, 5,682 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Salem.[2] It was created in 1873.[3] It was named for the former governor of the Dakota Territory and Civil War general Edwin Stanton McCook.[4][5]

Communities[change | change source]

Cities[change | change source]

Unincorporated community[change | change source]

  • Unityville

Townships[change | change source]

The county is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Benton
  • Bridgewater
  • Brookfield
  • Canistota
  • Emery
  • Grant
  • Greenland
  • Jefferson
  • Pearl
  • Montrose
  • Union
  • Ramsey
  • Richland
  • Salem
  • Spring Valley
  • Sun Prairie

Other places[change | change source]

  • Laurent - (proposed / abandoned housing development)

References[change | change source]

  1. "QuickFacts: McCook County, South Dakota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  2. National Association of Counties. "NACo County Explorer". Retrieved January 20, 2024.
  3. "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  4. Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 997. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  5. Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 162.

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