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Aberdeen was first officially plotted as a town site on January 3, 1881, by Charles Prior, the superintendent of the Minneapolis office of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St.

Paul Railroad, or the Milwaukee Road for short, which was presided over by Alexander Mitchell.

With these four railroads intersecting here, Aberdeen soon became known as the "Hub City of the Dakotas".

When looking down on Aberdeen from above, the railroad tracks converging in Aberdeen resembled the spokes of a wheel converging at a hub, hence the name "Hub City of the Dakotas".

Snowfall occurs mostly in light to moderate amounts during the winter, totaling 38 inches (97 cm).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.60 square miles (40.40 km Aberdeen experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb/Dfa) influenced by its position far from moderating bodies of water. The city population was 26,091 at the 2010 census, making it the third most populous city in the state after Sioux Falls and Rapid City.Aberdeen is the principal city of the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown and Edmunds counties and has a population of 40,602 in 2010.The first group of Euro-American settlers to reach the area that is now Brown County was a party of four people, three horses, two mules, fifteen cattle, and two wagons.This group of settlers was later joined by another group the following spring, and, eventually, more settlers migrated toward this general area, currently known as Columbia, South Dakota. The town was settled in 1880, Aberdeen, like many towns of the Midwest, was built around the newly developing railroad systems.