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Located on State Hwy. 10. Britton is located between Lake City and the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the northern portion of this region. This area, which is on the Continental Divide, is rich in agriculture and purebred beef cattle. It boasts two slogans, “A City On The Rise” and “A Great Place To Visit, A Wonderful Place To Live”…and that is certainly true. Sportsmen come from afar for the excellent hunting and fishing. Many cultural events highlight the town throughout the year. In addition to a museum, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and a bowling alley, you can enjoy community events throughout the year. The Buckhorn Rodeo & Parade is in June. Everyone looks forward to Harvest Days in August and the Christmas Parade and Concert in December are just a few of the activities you’ll enjoy in Britton. Britton has fine accommodations, restaurants and shopping. As you travel along the highway to or from Britton, you will find many small but historical towns to explore. For more information, please contact the Britton Chamber of Commerce at (605) 448-5323.


Located off State Highway 30 north of Brookings. Bruce, a very active community, is an interesting historical town you’ll want to visit, especially to taste the nationally famous honey produced by Bruce’s largest employer, Adee Honey Farms. People travel to Bruce from far and wide to participate in Honey Days, the last weekend in July. Many recreation areas are found in the Bruce city parks, Other small historical towns in the area that are delightful to visit are Sunnyview, White, Bushnell, Aurora and Elkton. Oakwood Lakes State Park is also close by for outstanding activities and a resort.


Located on U.S. Hwy. 212 west of Watertown. This area is rich in agriculture. A variety of top quality crops are grown here including wheat, oats, sunflowers, flax, barley, millet, corn and soybeans. For years this county has been known as the “Potato Capital of South Dakota”. Cattle, sheep and hog operations are big in this area as well as horse breeding. Clark County is in the heart of pheasant country. Hunters come from all around to capture the famous South Dakota Ring-Neck Pheasant. Other attractions in Clark include four city parks, which provide enjoyment and fun for area residents and visitors. Many of Clark’s businesses proudly support and promote local community activities including the Chamber of Commerce’s Potato Days on the first Saturday in August featuring the world famous mashed potato wrestling competition. If you visit over Memorial Day, be sure to the attend the “Little Fellow Service” organized by the Clark Rotary Club. Clark offers many fine accommodations, restaurants and shopping opportunities. To learn more, contact Clark Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 163, Clark, SD 57225; visit


Children’s Museum (courtesy Broo

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De Smet

Located 35 miles east of Huron on Hwy. 14. De Smet, the “Little Town On The Prairie” was made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneer adventure books. De Smet traces its history to the year the railroad reached this location. The railroad depot is now a museum which features exhibits on De Smet’s early history and a South Dakota wildlife display. There are many recreational facilities in De Smet including a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, athletic park, city park and snowmobile trails in De Smet Forest. De Smet is near the largest natural lake in South Dakota. The hunting and fishing in this area are a sportsman’s dream. There are other opportunities for sightseeing close by. The Redland Art Center, in Watertown is 60 miles away and the Corn Palace is 75 miles away. •



Bring your Dreams… Brookings is conveniently located on the I-29 Corridor in Eastern South Dakota. The city has a beautiful, park-like atmosphere, including a young and vibrant community of students at South Dakota State University. Our business and residential areas are lined with apple blossom trees and landscaping. We enjoy an historic main street featuring brick walkways, beautiful floral landscaping, benches, parks and unique eateries, art and shopping opportunities. The newly constructed Children’s Museum of South Dakota is a short walk from Main Street. Over 100,000 visitors came to the new museum in the first year. Other attractions include the South Dakota Art Museum, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum and McCrory Gardens, which recently added a visitor and education center on the north side of the botanical gardens. Our cultural diversity appeals to all visitors and residents. The Performing Arts Center, the Swiftel Events Center, Prairie Repertory Theatre host many special events which are ongoing in Brookings during every season. Brookings offers excellent lodging, convention facilities and sports venues, a wide variety of coffee shops, bike trails, an aquatics park, wellness center and an abundance of relocation aspects for the visitor who decides to make Brookings their home. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention Visitors Bureau office is located at 414 Main Avenue. Contact us at 1-800-699-6125 or log on to and view our community guide.

Located south of State Hwy. 10. Columbia is a small town on a scenic byway. You’ll want to visit Columbia when you make the loop tour of the Sand Lake National Wild Life Refuge. Columbia was destined to become the largest city in South Dakota when it was first settled, but quirks of fate led it on a smaller path. Byron Smith of Minneapolis led a party of settlers to the confluence of the James and Elm Rivers in June of 1879 and settled Columbia. The next year, Brown County was organized and Columbia became the county seat. Next, a large lake was formed by damming the river at the western edge of the new town and steamboats began carrying grain and produce northward. The railroad then decided to build through Columbia and the town would have been on its way, however, the city demanded that the railroad build a drawbridge over the lake and that is when everything fell apart. The railroad withdrew and built through Aberdeen and the rest is history. From Columbia you will want to take a tour of the 21,498 acre Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a habitat for migrating waterfowl. The observation tower at the Visitor Center offers a view of the refuge and a 15 mile driving tour is available from April to mid-September. For information, call (605) 885-6320.

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