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Uniquely South Dakota

From the rolling prairies to the highest peak in the Black Hills, our state and our people are truly unique. To help tell the story of our vast variety and hidden treasures, we are profiling all 66 of South Dakota's counties in our Uniquely South Dakota Series. Check back often for new stories.

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Second Season of Governor’s Mansion Tours Begin June 6

First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that weekly public tours of the Governor’s Mansion will begin on Wednesday, June 6. 


Ziebach County: Last But Not Least

In northwest South Dakota, Ziebach County lies almost entirely within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The remainder of the county is part of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, making it one of only five counties in South Dakota to be located entirely on an Indian Reservation.

Yankton County: History on the River

Along the Nebraska border, Yankton County occupies a historic piece of land in southeastern South Dakota.

Walworth County: Small-Town Fun

Located in the north central portion of South Dakota, the county is named after Walworth County, Wisconsin.

Union County: Heritage and Hospitality

Union County has been recognized as one of Progressive Farmer Magazine’s Ten Best Places to Live in Rural America in 2007.

Turner County: Proud History

Nestled near the southeastern corner of South Dakota, Turner County is home to nearly a dozen small communities, including Centerville, Hurley, Marion and Parker.

Tripp County: Small Towns and Scenic Spaces

Tripp County, located in south-central South Dakota creates a portion of the state’s southern border. It is home to the communities of Colome, Hamill, Witten and Winner.

Todd County: Native Heritage

Todd County lies entirely within the Rosebud Indian Reservation. It is located along the state’s southern border.

Sully County: Small Town Traditions

Sully County is named for General Alfred Sully, who built Fort Sully, once located along the banks of the mighty Missouri River.

Stanley County: History and the Outdoors

Water recreation is a big attraction in Fort Pierre, where access to the Missouri River makes activities like boating, water skiing and jet skiing a top choice for fun.

Spink County: Year-Round Fun

Spink County is home to nearly a dozen small communities. This county in northeastern South Dakota has its county seat in Redfield.

Shannon County: Distinct History

Shannon County, located along the state’s southern border, has the highest Native American population of any county in the United States.

Sanborn County: Small-Town Charm

Created and organized in 1883, Sanborn County was named for George W. Sanborn, the division superintendent of the Milwaukee Railroad.

Roberts County: Rich Heritage

Roberts County, situated in the northeast corner of South Dakota, is home to a handful of small communities.

Potter County: Open Prairie

Created in 1875 as Ashmore County, the name was later changed to Potter in 1877 to honor Dr. Joel A. Potter, a member of the Legislature of that year.

Perkins County: Appreciation for the Outdoors

Situated along South Dakota’s northern border, Perkins County is home to the towns of Bison, Lemmon, Lodgepole, Meadow, Prairie City and Shadehill. Explore its sprawling landscape of creeks, rivers and prairies.

Pennington County: Historic Landscape

Pennington County is home to South Dakota’s second-largest city, Rapid City, and some of the great treasures of South Dakota.

Moody County: Culture and Charm

Moody County is home to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe, which provides visitors with ample opportunity for cultural experiences like the Santee Sioux Wacipi.

Minnehaha County: High Population, High Excitement

Minnehaha County is South Dakota’s largest county in terms of population. This locale is home to South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls, and a wide array of unique attractions.

Miner County: Small Towns, Big Fun

Miner County, nestled in eastern South Dakota, is rich in history and offers visitors small town charm.

Mellette County: Loyal to the Land

Mellette County was named after Arthur C. Mellette, the first Governor of the state of South Dakota.

Meade County: A Diverse Destination

Stretching from the Black Hills in the southwest for 140 miles to the northeast corner, Meade County covers the largest area of any South Dakota county.

McPherson County: Flourishing Culture

McPherson County in the north central portion of the state flourishes with ethnic heritage.

McCook County: Small Town Hospitality

Experience small town hospitality in the communities of Salem, Canistota, Bridgewater, Montrose and Spencer.

Marshall County: Rish History

Marshall County, in the state’s northeastern corner, is home to two state parks, numerous natural wonders and rich history.

Lyman County: Proud Heritage

Discover the great plains of South Dakota in Lyman County.

Lincoln County: Unique Outdoor Destinations

From unique outdoor destinations to an annual heritage celebration, Lincoln County is a destination for all ages.

Lawrence County: History Lives

History lives in Lawrence County. Hear tales of the early pioneering days in the Black Hills communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish and Whitewood.

Lake County: Great Outdoor Getaways

Lake County is appropriately named, as the plentiful lakes dotting the region make for great outdoor retreats. Discover the communities of Madison, Ramona, Wentworth, Franklin, Orland, Junius, Rutland and Nunda.

Kingsbury County: Home of “The Little Town on the Prairie”

Kingsbury County is home to “The Little Town on the Prairie,” De Smet, made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The county also hosts the communities of Arlington, Lake Preston, Iroquois, Oldham, Badger and Erwin.

Jones County: History, Hunting and Hospitality

Jones County offers visitors a look at history as well as popular South Dakota outdoor activities. Make a stop in Murdo, Draper or Okaton and experience both, along with friendly hospitality.

Jerauld County: Unique Attractions

Jerauld County, in east central South Dakota, offers several unique opportunities for visitors to experience small town hospitality. Discover the inviting communities of Wessington Springs, Alpena, Lane and Crow Lake.

Jackson County: Natural Beauty and Rich History

Ages-old landscapes, artifacts and culture await visitors in Jackson County, partially located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Jackson County communities include Belvidere, Interior, Kadoka, Long Valley and Wanblee.

Hyde County: Agriculturally Based

Hyde County is a friendly rural area with strong agricultural ties in the central Great Lakes region. The county is unique in the sense that it has only one organized community, Highmore. Three other sites, Holabird, Stephan and Mac’s Corner are listed on the state map.

Hutchinson County: History, Hunting and Heritage

Tucked near the state’s southeastern corner, Hutchinson County is deeply rooted in the heritage of South Dakota. From mazes and museums to festivals and recreation, find it all in the communities of Clayton, Dimock, Freeman, Kaylor, Menno, Milltown, Olivet, Parkston and Tripp.

Hughes County: The Heart of South Dakota

Discover the heart of South Dakota in Hughes County. Home to the state capital of Pierre, the county also includes the communities of Canning, Harrold and Blunt. The county boasts several outdoor, historical and educational opportunities.

Harding County: Ecologically Diverse

Bordering North Dakota and Montana in the state’s northwestern corner, Harding County offers some of the most unique scenery in the region. The communities of Buffalo, Camp Crook, Redig, Reva, Ralph, Ludlow, Ladner and Harding are scattered throughout the county’s landscape.

Hand County: Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Vacation Destination

Located in central South Dakota between Pierre and Brookings along Highway 14, Hand County is a prime pheasant hunting destination. This prairie region is home to the communities of Miller, Polo, Ree Heights, Saint Lawrence and Vayland.

*CORRECTION* Hanson County: Prime Hunting Habitat

Conveniently located on Interstate 90 between Sioux Falls and Mitchell, Hanson County is a worthy hunting destination. This agriculturally-based region hosts the communities of Alexandria, Emery, Fulton, Farmer and Riverside.

Hanson County: Prime Hunting Habitat

Conveniently located on Interstate 29 between Sioux Falls and Mitchell, Hanson County is a worthy hunting destination. This agriculturally-based region hosts the communities of Alexandria, Emery, Fulton, Farmer and Riverside.

Hamlin County: A Great Side Trip

Located off Interstate 29, Hamlin County is a great side trip full of enjoyable attractions. Discover the communities of Estelline, Castlewood, Lake Norden, Bryant, Hayti, Hazel, Thomas and Dempster.

Haakon County: History Comes Alive

Located just northeast of the stunning Badlands National Park, Haakon County offers several entertaining and educational attractions. Discover the communities of Philip, Milesville, Ottumwa, Billsburg, Nowlin and Midland.

Gregory County: A Recreational Paradise

Get your fill of outdoor recreation in Gregory County.

Grant County: Entertaining Festivities

Named after Ulysses S. Grant, President and Civil War general, Grant County rests in the northeastern corner of the state.

Faulk County: Great Hunting Grounds

Hunting enthusiasts traveling to South Dakota in search of prime hunting grounds will find what they are looking for in Faulk County.

Fall River County: Gateway to the Black Hills

An abundance of activities await visitors in Fall River County.

Edmunds County: Quality Game Hunting

Sporting enthusiasts in search of a thrilling hunting or fishing excursion will find it in Edmunds County. The county’s six communities, Ipswich, Bowdle, Roscoe, Hosmer, Mina and Loyalton attract avid sportsmen from across the nation.

Douglas County: A Historical Destination

Visitors to Douglas County will note several locations of historical significance.

Dewey County: Culturally Enriching

Several culturally enriching opportunities exist in Dewey County.

Day County: The Thrill of the Hunt

Located in the heart of the Glacial Lakes Region, Day County is truly an outdoorsman’s paradise.

Davison County: A Popular Destination

Davison County, famous for the World’s Only Corn Palace, hosts several attractions for visitors. This southeastern county, located along Interstate 90, hosts the communities of Mitchell, Mount Vernon, Ethan and Loomis.

Custer County: Picture Perfect

Discover the beauty and history of the Black Hills in Custer County.

Corson County: A Cultural Observation

Discover American Indian culture and tradition in Corson County. This northern region includes the communities of McLaughlin, Kenel, Little Eagle, Bullhead, McIntosh and Morristown.

Codington County: Entertain the Whole Family

Discover a wealth of activities to entertain the whole family in Codington County.

Clark County: An Old-Time Celebration

Stop at historic sites in Clark County and look back to the early days of the area.

Charles Mix County: An Outdoor Delight

Outdoor enthusiasts thrive in Charles Mix County. Communities in this recreational haven include Wagner, Platte, Lake Andes, Marty, Geddes, Pickstown and Dante.

Campbell County: A Memorable Adventure

South Dakota’s landscape is renowned for providing memorable outdoor adventures.

Butte County: Center of the Nation

Butte County takes its name from the isolated, sharply-rising hills that decorate the area’s landscape. Hosting the location marked as the center of the nation, the county includes a variety of unique attractions.

Buffalo County: Celebrate Cultural Heritage

Situated along the Native American Scenic Byway, Buffalo County offers excellent views of the Missouri River and surrounding prairie. A portion of the county is situated on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation.

*CORRECTION* Brule County: Family Fun Abounds


Brule County: Family Fun Abounds

A trip to Brule County in southeastern South Dakota brings you to four unique towns, Pukwana, Bijou Hills, Kimball and Chamberlain.

Brule County: Family Fun Abounds

A trip to Brule County in southeastern South Dakota brings you to five unique towns: Chamberlain, Oacoma, Kimball, Reliance and Pukwana.


Brown County: Culture and Nature Unite

Brown County offers a variety of cultural attractions telling the story of South Dakota.

Brookings County: A Regional Celebration

Brookings County is home to nine towns in lovely eastern South Dakota; Arlington, Aurora, Brookings, Bruce, Bushnell, Elkton, Sinai, Volga and White.

Bon Homme County: Experience South Dakota Heritage

Experience the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition in Bon Homme County.

Bennett County: Wildlife in Action

Make a stop in Bennett County in southwestern South Dakota and discover the Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge.

Beadle County: A Sportsman’s Dream

Known as the pheasant capitol of the world, Beadle County attracts thousands of visitors for pheasant season each year.

Aurora County: A Diverse Attraction

Recreation and history come together for a delightful experience in Aurora County. This agricultural region in southeastern South Dakota is located in what many locals refer to as the Heart of Mother Nature’s finest area.