Hughes County, SD

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About Hughes County, SD

Hughes County is located in the approximate center of the state and of the North American Continent. Hughes County was organized in November of 1880 and named after Alexander Hughes. It ranks 45th in county size, with approximately 741 square miles. Pierre was selected as the county seat, and when the state organized in 1889 it was also given the honor as the new capitol city.

Mitchell disputed Pierre's selection as state capitol for several years, finally giving up the fight to have it changed about 1903. Due to its location on the river (Missouri), it was an early center of river trade. In 1863, the army established a post called Ft. Sully about four miles from what is now Pierre. It was active there until it was moved north on the river to Sully County in 1866. The very southern area of the county as set aside for the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.

Some of the early settlers in the area were J. P. Laughlin, Joseph Reed, Burt Dickey and Eva Dix. Prior to these hardy people there were many trappers and hunters that came and went on the other areas, some stayed.

In 1883, three small communities were organized in Hughes County to the east of Pierre. They were Blunt, Harrold and Canning. All had several businesses in their early years and schools and postal service. Blunt and Harrold still are active. In the 1890's Blunt had about 1,500 people with a decline to about 500 in 1935. Both Harrold and Blunt had newspapers in the 1800's, and for some years after that. Originally the site of Canning was called Paxton, and it was the little village of Paxton that in 1880 had the first official post office. The first school district in the county was formed in 1881 which started the operation of several area school houses. For about six years Pierre had "Pierre University" in operation but due to financial problems it was moved to Huron about 1898. In 1891, the "Pierre Indian Leaning Center" was started under the name of the "Pierre Indian School", and remains active to this time.

Early churches in the area were Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian. The first organized church groups started about 1881.

The city of Pierre was organized in 1883 with a population of about 1,800. With the coming of the railroad from the east in 1880 and its ferry business across the river with Ft. Pierre to the west it established a busy trade industry. Like all new towns it soon had many business ventures. One of the earliest, if not the first settler of note in Pierre, was Anson Hilger. In 1887, the arrival of Charles I. Hyde was the beginning of one of the largest family business operations that was notable in the area. Today, with the Oahe Dam just upstream on the Missouri River, Pierre is a center of fishing and water sport activity. The Cultural Heritage Center opened by the State of South Dakota provides visitors with an interesting place to study the history of South Dakota.

The topography of Hughes County is varied from rolling plains to the more rugged Missouri River Breaks. The area has nine soil associations, ranging from deep loam type in the northwest to claypan and clayloam in the east central. Crops vary with the markets but wheat, corn, soybeans and hay are the main types through the years. Approximately 55% of the usable land is grazing for livestock. Precipitation ranges on an average of 16-18 inches. Some irrigation is now practiced along the river and Lake Oahe.

  • Towns of Hughes County, SD

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    If your town (population of 25,000 or less) is not on your county page and you would like it added, email us a paragraph sharing the history and a photograph. A page will be developed for your town at no cost. After this page is developed sponsorship opportunities will be made available to your community. These sponsorships enable us to add contributions made by citizens, founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and military veterans. You will find information about points of interest, festivals/events, and the faith community in each county. They also will find stories about the contributions made by farmers/ranchers and of course they will learn about the community organizations that have and continue to build a strong community (chambers, community groups and departments, etc.) To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please visit your county page, or just send us an email.

  • Citizens of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to nominate a community founder, business person, community leader, volunteer, or entrepreneur to be included as a Featured Citizen on your town/county page, email us a story/paragraph about your nominee. When a citizen's story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population)  all citizen stories will be eligible for a 20% discount! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about a citizen contact us.  To submit your nominee or to ask additional questions, please use the button below to email us.

  • Businesses of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to submit your business to be added to your town/county page, send us a paragraph/story highlighting your business or just send us a link to your business website/Facebook page. When your business is approved, there is an one-time cost of $60. If your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) your business will be eligible for a 20% discount! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about your business, contact us. To submit your story or to ask additional questions, please email us.

  • Events and Festivals of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to have (DST) include a annual festival or event on your town/county page, email us a photo and a story/paragraph about the festival or event or if you have a story on your website/Facebook page simply send us a link! When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all stories will be added to your town/county page, with a link to your website at NO COST! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about a festival or event contact us!. To submit your nominee or to ask additional questions, please email us.

  • Points of Interest of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc., to be included as a point of interest on your town/county page, you can email us a photo and story/paragraph about the Point of Interest or if you have a story on your website/Facebook page simply send us a link! When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all approved points of interest stories will be added to your town/county page, with a link to your website at NO COST! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about a point of interest contact us! To submit your point of interest or to ask additional questions, please email us.

  • Faith Communities of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to submit a church to be added to your town/county page, send us a photo and paragraph/story highlighting your church's history and information about your church today or send us a link to your church's website/Facebook page. When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all approved your story will be added to your town/county page, with a link to your website at NO COST! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about your church contact us! To submit your church or to ask additional questions, please email us.

  • Community Organizations of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to submit your organization (chamber or community group, non-profit) to be included as a community organization on your town/county page, you can submit a photo and story/paragraph or just send us a link to your website/Facebook page. When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all approved non-profit organizations will be added to your town/county page, with a link to your website at NO COST! If you would like a VIDEO story done about a community organization, please contact us. To submit your organization or or to ask additional questions, please use the button below to email us.

  • Farms and Ranches of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to submit your Farm or Ranch to be added to your town/county page, send us a photo and paragraph highlighting your history and what's happening today. When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all stories will be eligible for a 20% discount! If you would like to have a VIDEO story done contact us. To submit your story or to ask additional questions, please email us.

  • Veterans of Hughes County, SD

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    If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town/county page, email us a photo and story/paragraph about your nominee. When a story is approved, there is an one-time-cost of $60, if your town has established sponsors (the number of sponsors is determined by each towns population) all veteran stories will be eligible for a 20% discount! If you would like have a VIDEO story done about a veteran contact us! To submit your nominee or to ask additional questions, please email us.