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SDPB's newest documentary, VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA: TOWNS OF YESTERDAY, premieres on SDPB-TV on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7pm/6MT.

The documentary tells stories of the many towns which were once thriving centers of commerce but have since nearly (and in some cases totally) disappeared from the map. We are interviewing historians, town elders and those whose stories have intersected with these now-lost centers of community life in South Dakota.

SDPB Passport members will receive early online access to the entire documentary as well as several digital shorts that will not be seen on TV.  Support history programming SDPB and be an SDPB member insider by clicking here.

 

Vanished South Dakota

Carlock: The Dancehall Without a Town

Posted by Michael Zimny on

Nightlife does not require city lights at Gregory County's swinging-est juke joint.

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Vanished South Dakota Quiz

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You finally had a chance to watch the documentary, now test your knowledge of some of South Dakota's hardest to find towns!

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Vanished South Dakota: Passport Members May View NOW!

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The Vanished South Dakota documentary premieres August 19 on TV, but SDPB Passport members can watch early online!

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Vanished South Dakota: The Final Cut

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Thanks to many great folks across the state, we were introduced to an incredible number of vanished towns across South Dakota. While not all could make the cut for the one-hour documentary, here is the list of those who did.

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Vanished South Dakota: Crandall

Posted by Heather Benson on

Located in Day County, Crandall's post office was established in 1903 and remained in operation until 1973. It is home to the last Standard Oil station to use manual gravity pumps.

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A Conversation About Vanished South Dakota

Last Updated by Katy Beem on

SDPB's newest documentary has been a labor of love for producer Stephanie Rissler.

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Vanished South Dakota: Ordway

Posted by Heather Benson on

Platted in 1881, the town of Ordway in Brown County once had aims of being a territorial capital.

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Final Screenings for Vanished South Dakota Scheduled

Posted by Katy Beem on

SDPB's newest documentary visits the remnants of once-thriving towns to discover what led to their birth, boom and demise. Several free screenings are offered prior to the August 17 premiere on TV.

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SDPB Archives: Temples of Justice

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As we await producer Stephanie Rissler's newest documentary, Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, we decided to take a dive into our digital library and re-watch her 2015 documentary on South Dakota's 45 courthouses and the colorful stories behind them, Temples of Justice.

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VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA: Summer Screenings

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Catch a sneak preview of the local doc everyone's talking about.

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