The county is entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and contains part of Badlands National Park. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county; taxes on alcohol consumed within the county go to other counties.
Shannon County is one of two counties in South Dakota that does not have its own county seat (Todd County is the other). Hot Springs in neighboring Fall River County serves as its administrative center. It is also one of five South Dakota counties that are entirely on an Indian reservation. (The others are Corson, Dewey, Todd, and Ziebach.)
Until 1982 Shannon and Washabaugh County, South Dakota, were the last unorganized counties in the United States. Although it was organized and received a home rule charter that year, Shannon, as noted above, contracts with Fall River County for its Auditor, Treasurer, Director of Equalization, State’s Attorney and Registrar of Deeds.
The Fall River & Shannon County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, February 16th, in observance of President’s Day. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, February 17th.
The Fall River & Shannon County Courthouse in Hot Springs, SD will be closed January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular Office Hours will resume on Tuesday, January 20th.
The Fall River County Courthouse will close at Noon on Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve and remain closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. The county offices at the courthouse will be open on Dec. 26, but as the State offices are closed, services may be limited. The Treasurer’s Office may not be able to [...]