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SDPB's newest documentary, VANISHED SOUTH DAKOTA: TOWNS OF YESTERDAY, is now in production with a release date in 2019.  The documentary will tell the 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.

The public is invited and encouraged to share their stories, photos and video with us. In addition to the documentary itself, we are planning on producing an extensive collection of digital short video and blogs to accompany it.

Share your Vanished South Dakota story with us HERE.:

Vanished South Dakota

Vanished South Dakota: Catching Up on Alsen, Tinton and Terry

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Our travels across South Dakota have taken us to more than 50 "vanished" towns. Stephanie Rissler sat down with Lori Walsh to talk about a few highlights of her recent trips.

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Catching Up with Stephanie Rissler's Vanished South Dakota Production

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SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has been on the road in search of vanished towns in South Dakota, along with the history behind them. This series is called Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday. She joined our In the Moment radio program on Wednesday, October 10 today from our studio in Vermilion to help us catch up with where she has been.

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Vanished South Dakota: Watch the Official Preview

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Take a sneak peek at one of SDPB's biggest upcoming projects, our new documentary Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday

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Vanished South Dakota: Dewey

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Located in the far southwest corner of South Dakota, Dewey was once an important destination for cattlemen shipping their stock to market.

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Vanished South Dakota: Smithwick

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Our travels this week took us to Fall River County, including the once bustling town of Smithwick. Not quite vanished, but certainly not the busy town it once was.

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Vanished South Dakota: Sorum

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SDPB's Stephanie Rissler went west last week to capture the stories of the most remote vanished towns in the state, including Sorum. She shares photos from her travels here.

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Vanished South Dakota: Rise and Fall of the Railways

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Many of South Dakota's towns came into existence, and subsequently disappeared, in conjunction with the spread of rail lines across the state.

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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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