Bemis, South Dakota

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Bemis is an unincorporated community in Deuel County in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of South Dakota. It is not officially recognized by the state, but it elects a ceremonial mayor.

The town is entirely residential, with twelve houses along a 0.3-mile (0.48 km) stretch of road, and its area is 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2). 2/3 of the houses are occupied by married couples, and 40 is the average age. The population is about 37. Caucasians and Hispanics are the majorities.[citation needed]

Once, this was a relatively large town. This was when the Rock Island Railroad branch was operational and running through it. They had a post office, general store, gas station, and even a school. Once the railroad branch was shut down in 1953, most residents left for Watertown, South Dakota or bigger towns.[citation needed]

Coordinates: 44°50′06″N 96°50′54″W / 44.83500°N 96.84833°W / 44.83500; -96.84833