Kidder County was established January 4, 1873, and was organized March 22, 1881. Steele was temporarily named the county seat, and popular vote in the fall of 1882 made it permanent. The county was named for Jefferson Parish Kidder (1815- 1883) who served as the Dakota Territorial delegate to Congress, and was an Associate Justice to the territorial Supreme Court. The courthouse had been a hotel owned by Colonel Steele, and was sold to the county in 1885. Kidder county is in grain farming and cattle country, and on the main line of the Burlington Northern Railroad, and Interstate I-94. The county is rich in history of battles fought during the Sibley Expedition of 1863 after the Minnesota uprising. Steele has a current population of 762. If you would like to read more about Judge Kidder and his Indian War, Civil War hero son, a neat new book may interest you. It is "A Dispatch to Custer, the Tradgedy of Lieutenant Kidder", Randy Johnson and Nancy Allan, Mountian Press Publishing Co., 1999. It shows that a Kidder was indeed through Kidder County with the Sibley Expedition, although it was not to become Kidder until later.