ABERDEEN – Born here in Aberdeen were: Air Force General David C. Jones in 1921 author Joseph Hansen in 1923, and politician Tom Daschle in 1947.
u L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz lived here from 1887-1891.
u Author Hamlin Garland grew up here in the 1880s.
u Chief Rain in the Face is buried here. He was born on 1835 and died in 1905.
AVON – Born here in Avon were: politician George McGovern in 1922, and political cartoonist Roy Braxton Justus.
BEAR BUTTE CREEK – Calamity Jane lived here during 1877 and 1878.
BELLE FOUCH – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed the bank here of $5,000 on June 27, 1897.
u Outlaws Kid Curry and Tom O'Day robbed the bank here on June 27, 1903.
BLUNT – Former New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia spent his boyhood here in nearby Fort Sully. His father was the post bandmaster at the Fort.
BRIDGEWATER – Baseball manager Sparky Anderson was born here in 1934.
CANTON – Inventor/physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence physicist was born here in 1901. He invented the Cyclotron.
CUSTER – Fred Flintstone’s Bedrock City comes alive in this modern Stone-Age setting of fun-filled buildings and play areas. Tour Fred's Bedrock City. Ride the Flintmobile and Iron Horse Train. See Mt. Rockmore and enjoy the new Flintstone Trio Show. Then romp on the playground's Slideasaurus. Located on Hwy 16 West.
DEADWOOD – Born here in Deadwood were: actress Dorothy Provine in 1935, and basketball player Ward Lambert.
u Take a photo tour of Deadwood. GO THERE
u The Bullock Hotel here is reportedly haunted by the former sheriff of Deadwood Seth Bullock. Seth was sheriff in the 1800's.
u The Franklin Hotel here played host to presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and movie stars John Wayne and Kevin Costner.
u Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Roughriders here in Deadwood.
u On October 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok was sitting in Saloon No. 10, at 620 Main Street playing poker. At about 4 p.m., Jack "Broken Nosed" McCall, who had lost his last cent to Hickok earlier, entered the saloon and ordered a drink at the bar. Then he slowly walked up behind Hickok, pulled out his six-gun and fired once into Wild Bill's back. Hickok toppled sideways in his chair, falling to the floor dead. He clutched his poker hand, aces and eights, which was forever after known as "The Dead Man's Hand." The reconstructed saloon, now a museum, displays the chair that Hickok was sitting in when he was killed.
u Calamity Jane came to Deadwood in 1876 where she worked as a prostitute. More a man than woman, she was tall and muscular and wore men's clothing. It was here that she met Wild Bill Hickok. She left Deadwood in 1877 after Hickok's death, but she returned in 1895, living here under the name of Mrs. M. Burke.
u Kitty LeRoy was among the best women gamblers in the West. She moved to Deadwood in 1876 with her fourth husband and opened the Mint Gambling Saloon. In 1878, Kitty's husband shot and killed her, then himself in a jealous fit over her alleged affairs with Wild Bill Hickok and outlaw Sam Bass. Kitty was only 28.
u Buried here in the Mount Moriah graveyard near Lincoln Avenue are:
– Wild Bill Hickok. Before Wild Bill was laid in his coffin, a lock of hair measuring about fourteen inches long was cut and is now in the Wilstach collection in New York City. He was originally buried in Inglenook, but was moved here in 1879. When Hickok was dug up, his body was petrified, the action of the water which had percolated through the coffin had performed a natural embalment.
– Calamity Jane (Martha Burke). "Bury me next to Wild Bill," whispered Calamity Jane as she lay dying. After the biggest funeral ever seen in Deadwood, her request was honored. She lies next to Wild Bill, the man she claimed was her lover. Ironically, Hickok, who thought Calamity Jane was a nuisance, lies next to her in eternity. Hickok knew Calamity Jane in those days, but only as a friend. He was not her lover, as Calamity Jane claimed.
u Seth Bullock, former Sheriff of Deadwood.
DE SMET – Author Laura Ingalls was living here when she got her teacher credentials at age 15. GO THERE
u It is reported that the old Ingalls house here is haunted by Laura's mother and father. u Buried here in the De Smet Cemetery are:
– Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow, sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was "Grace" in the Little House on the Prairie books.
– Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls, mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was "Ma" in the Little House on the Prairie books.
– Charles Philip Ingalls, father of Laura Ingalls Wilder. He was "Pa" in the Little House on the Prairie books.
– Mary Amelia Ingalls, sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was "Mary" in the Little House on the Prairie books.
– Caroline Celestia Ingalls Swanzey, sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was "Carrie" in the Little House on the Prairie books.
EAGLE BUTTE – Football Player Norm Van Brocklin was born here Eagle Butte in 1926.
EUREKA – Allen Newharth founder of USA Today was born here in 1924.
FAITH – Actress Catherine Bach grew up here.
u One of the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurs Rex was excavated on a ranch near here.
FLANDREAU – Gun moll Evelyn "Billie" Freschette attended an Indian school here in 1911. In 1933, she was John Dillinger's number one girlfriend.
FORT YATES – Chief Sitting Bull lived the last years of his life at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Fort Yates.
GARRETSON – Jesse James had a hideout here in the 1800s.
GEDDES – Politician John James was born here in 1921.
HOT SPRINGS – Opera singer Jess Thomas was born here.
HURLEY – Bank teller Charles Brown is buried here. He was killed by the Dalton Gang during a bank robbery in 1882 in Coffeyville, Kansas.
HURON – Actress Cheryl Ladd was born here in 1951.
u The Worlds Largest Pheasant statue is located here on Hwy. 14 East near the Dakota Inn. Steel and fiberglass have been molded to create a 28-foot, 22-ton pheasant. From the tip of its feathered tail to the beak, it spans 40 feet
JAMESTOWN – Singer Peggy Lee was born here in 1920.
u Author Louis L'Amour grew up here.
JOE CREEK – Artist Oscar Howe was born here in 1915.
KEYSTONE – Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore here in 1927. Creation of the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln took 14 years and cost $1 million. GO THERE
u Carrie Ingalls, sister of Laura lived here from 1911 to 1947.
LEAD – The Homestake Mine here was the largest underground gold mine in America. One of its owners was George Randolph Hearst. It was discovered in 1877.
u President’s Park here features 20-feet tall sculptures of all 42 of our nations Presidents.
LEMMON – Lemmon is home to the world’s largest Petrified Wood Park. This tourist attraction fills an entire block of the downtown area and is built entirely of petrified wood, fossils and stone. Construction began in 1930 and continued until 1932. The park features a wishing well, waterfall and castle. The castle weighs in at 300 tons and boasts towering spires and turrets. Also in the park are two separate museums. They are both built entirely of petrified wood. The largest of the two is circular has a petrified gras floor along with petrified logs. If you look close you can find dinosaur claws, bird tracks and fossilized snakes in the petrified wood. The formations in the park number to over 100 and some of them tower up to 20 feet tall.
LITTLE EAGLE – When Federal troops tried to arrest Sioux Indians here on December 15, 1890, Chief Sitting Bull ordered his warriors to resist and he was shot in the back of the head and killed. The aftermath of his death led to the massacre of the Sioux at Wounded Knee.
MADISON – Mary Hart, host of TV's Entertainment Tonight was born here in 1951.
MITCHELL – TV personality Gary Owens was born here in Mitchell in 1936.
u Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk got his start here at the Corn Palace on 6th and Main. It is a popular tourist destination, visited by over 500,000 people each year. It consists of a building that is decorated with murals and designs made from corn and other grains. GO THERE
MOBRIDGE – Originally buried at Fort Hayes, Chief Sitting Bull's remains were reburied here in 1954 on top of the hill west of Mowbridge close to the spot where he was killed. 20 tons of concrete were poured over the coffin to prevent it from being stolen.
OGLALA – Chief Red Cloud (Makhpiya-Luta) is buried here in the Native American Cemetery.
PIERRE – Actor Robert Gleckler was born here in 1887.
u The largest buffalo herd in the America lives at the Standing Butte Ranch near Pierre.
PINE RIDGE – Born here in Pine Ridge were: Olympic athlete Billy Mills in 1938, and Indian activist Russell Means in 1939.
u Chief Big Foot is buried here at the Wounded Knee Monument. Big Foot and his people lived on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and were among the strongest believers in the Ghost Dance ceremony when it arrived among the Lakota in the spring of 1890. On December 29, 1890, Big Foot and some 350 of his followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek. They were surrounded by US troops who disarmed them then massacred 256 of them. Many of the victims were women and children. The mass grave of the victims included Chief Big Foot is located here.
RAPID CITY – Oglala Chief Crazy Horse was born near here in 1842.
u Calamity Jane prospected for gold here in 1878.
u A flood killed 237 people here on June 9, 1972. He
ROSEBUD – TV personality Bob Barker grew up here.
ROSLYN – Accordionist Myron Floren was born here in 1915 (1919?). He played the accordion with the Lawrence Welk orchestra)
ROWENA – Actress Mamie Van Doren was born here in 1933.
SIOUX FALLS – Born here were: former commissioner of the American Football League Joe Foss in 1915, TV personality Pat O'Brien in 1948, TV host Mary Hart in 1950, and baseball player Terry Forster in 1952..
u John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, and Homer Van Meter robbed the Security National Bank here of $49,500 on March 6, 1934.
u Actress Joan Tabor is buried here in the Woodlawn Cemetery. She is in a Mausoleum Niche.
TERRY – Calamity Jane, 51, died here in the Calloway Hotel on August 2, 1903, calling out Wild Bill Hickok's name and insisting that she be buried next to him. It was the 27th anniversary of the death of Hickok. (Terry was located just outside Deadwood).
VERMILLION – Singer Shawn Colvin was born here in 1958.
u The Spirit Mound near Vermillion served as a vantage point for Lewis and Clark as they viewed the Prairie Plains.
WALLACE – U.S, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was born here in 1911.
WEBSTER – Newsman Tom Brokaw was born here in 1940.
WHITE LAKE – Outlaw Verne Miller was buried here on December 6, 1933.
WINNER – Former Notre Dame football coach Frank Leahy grew up here.
WOLSEY – Richard Sears, founder of Sears Roebuck, was a railroad agent here in 1882.
WOUNDED KNEE – Chief Long Wolf is buried near here at Pine Ridge Reservation. Long Wolf died in 1892 in London, England, while traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. He was buried with 17-month-old Star, a Sioux girl who also died in London. In 1997, the remains of Lone Wolfe were returned here to his ancestral burial grounds.
YANKTON – Born here in Yankton, South Dakota were: Sioux writer Gertrude Bonnin in 1876. and NFL football player Adam Vinateri in 1972.
u Bandleader Lawrence Welk was living here in 1931.
u TV newsman Tom Brokaw graduated from Yankton High School
u Jack "Broken Nose" McCall came to Deadwood in 1876 using the name Bill Sutherland. On August 2, 1876, when McCall had lost $110, all the money he had, to Hickok in a card game, he shot Hickok in the back of the head and killed him. He left Deadwood after killing Hickok, but was later arrested in Laramie, Wyoming, and brought back here to Yankton and put on trial for Hickok's death. Found guilty, he was sentenced to hang. On March 1, 1877, he stood trembling on the scaffold, begging for someone to save him. He was buried here in the Yankton Cemetery in an unmarked grave with the rope still around his neck. The gallows were located two miles from town, near the corner of the State Hospital grounds on Highway 91.