So You Think You Know Your SoDak Trivia?

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As we travel across South Dakota for our upcoming Vanished South Dakota documentary, we are learning many fun and interesting facts along the way. See if you know some of the more obscure trivia from these lost towns!

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Vanished South Dakota: Our Inspiration

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SDPB's upcoming Vanished South Dakota documentary was inspired by the public feedback for a Dakota Life short we aired in 2017. It is through the support and ideas from our members that great things can come to life--Thank you!

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Vanished South Dakota: The List (In Progress!)

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As we put together our game plan for the Vanished South Dakota documentary, a list of towns is emerging that includes well-known and not-so-well-known spots across our state.

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Vanished South Dakota: Moritz

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Moritz, South Dakota, located near Clear Lake, once boasted a lumberyard, general store, stockyards and even an outdoor movie place and dancehall. Today little remains except memories.

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Vanished South Dakota: Elrod

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Little remains of the once thriving community of Elrod, SD. A silent memorial to the vanished town is the steps that used to welcome students into the Elrod School.

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Vanished South Dakota: Texas Town

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A steamboat stop on the Missouri, a passageway for runaway slaves, a foothold in early Dakota Territory...learn what we found out on our second stop for our Vanished Towns of South Dakota documentary, Texas Town.

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Vanished South Dakota: Changing Boundaries

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As the SDPB team does background research for our upcoming documentary Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, we learn that not all maps are created equal (or even very nearly the same!)

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Landmarks: Norway Township Hall

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The simple block-house Norway Township Hall was once a conduit to the Statehouse. 

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Landmarks : Holy Spirit Chapel, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

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The Holy Spirit Chapel, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Corson County, is a rare example of stone, late 19th century, Gothic Revival architecture in South Dakota.

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Landmarks : Last Depots on the Road to LeBeau

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The Minneapolis St. Louis line never quite could compete with the railroad Goliaths. Nonetheless, the little line left an imprint on Northeast South Dakota.   

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Landmarks : Crandall Pumps

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The Crandall Pumps in tiny Crandall, South Dakota, was the last Standard Oil station in the US to use manual gravity pumps. The Pumps no longer serve gas, only nostalgia. 

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Landmarks: Zoar Norwegian Lutheran Church in Day County

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On a hill overlooking the deep, cool water of Pickerel Lake, nestled among the verdant hills of Day County, sits Zoar Norwegian Lutheran Church.

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Igloo, South Dakota: The Utopia That War Built

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Out among the rolling hills of Fall River County — a lost city.

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Paradise Lost Built from Chalk: The Story of the Rising Hail Colony

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Ruins hewn from Missouri River bank chalk rock are all that remains of a New Deal experiment in communal agriculture on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.

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Ghost Towns of South Dakota: Owanka

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Nestled in a scenic valley, Owanka is easily accessible and a short drive from Rapid City.

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