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Dickinson County, Iowa

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The county was organized in 1857 and is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a U.S. Senator for New York.

The Spirit Lake Massacre (March 8–12, 1857) was an attack by a Wahpekute band of Santee Sioux on scattered Iowa frontier settlements during a severe winter. Suffering a shortage of food, the renegade chief Inkpaduta led 14 Sioux against the settlements near Okoboji and Spirit lakes in the northwestern territory of Iowa near the Minnesota border, in revenge of the murder of Inkpaduta's brother, Sidominadotah, and Sidominadotah's family by Henry Lott. The Sioux killed 35-40 settlers in their scattered holdings, took four young women captive, and headed north.

Adjacent Counties


  • Arnolds Park
  • Lake Park
  • Milford
  • Okoboji
  • Orleans
  • Spirit Lake (County Seat)
  • Superior
  • Terril
  • Wahpeton
  • West Okoboji

Other Communities & Townships: Center Grove, Diamond Lake, Excelsior, Lakeville, Lloyd, Montgomery, Richland, Silver Lake and Westport


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