How Many South Dakota Places Are on the National Historic Registry?
History abounds in South Dakota just about everywhere you look.
So it's no surprise that all throughout the Mount Rushmore State a number of locales have been designated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
The list was created as part of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act, which recognizes 'districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.' There are currently more than one and a half million properties on the National Register, with 95,000 listed individually.
In South Dakota, there are 1,366 such places, at least one in each of the state's 66 counties.
The first ten places in the state to make the register went in on day one - October 15, 1966.
Leading the list, of course, was perhaps our best-known historic locale, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone in Pennington County.
The other nine South Dakota places that made the initial national list in 1966:
- Buffalo County: Crow Creek Site, Chamberlain
- Buffalo County: Fort Thompson Mounds, Fort Thompson
- Davison County: Mitchell Site, Mitchell
- Dewey County: Molstad Village, Mobridge
- Hanson County: Bloom Site, Bloom
- Hughes County: Arzberger Site, Pierre
- Lawrence County: Deadwood Historic District, Deadwood
- Lyman County: Langdeau Site, Lower Brule
- Oglala Lakota County: Wounded Knee Battlefield, Batesland
In 2021, South Dakota added five more spots to the list:
- Clay County: First Congregational Church, Vermillion
- Gregory County: Gregory Courthouse, Gregory
- Minnehaha County: Margaret Burger Apartment House, Sioux Falls
- Minnehaha County: Ole E. Fauske House, Corson
- Roberts County: Louis Nigg Barn, Sisseton
The state's most populated county, Minnehaha County, also has the most South Dakota spots on the National Register of Historic Places. The county's first entries on the list were All Saints School and Carnegie Library, both in Sioux Falls, in March of 1973.
SOUTH DAKOTA COUNTIES WITH MOST ENTRIES ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
- Minnehaha - 104
- Yankton - 79
- Fall River - 75
- Pennington - 60
- Harding - 56
- Lawrence - 55
- Custer - 50
- Brown - 45
- Codington - 43
- Hughes - 43