Dewey, South Dakota

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This article is about the unincorporated town of Dewey, South Dakota, in Custer County. For the county in South Dakota, see Dewey County, South Dakota .
Dewey, South Dakota
Place
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Dewey is located in South Dakota
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Location of Dewey in South Dakota.
Coordinates: 43°31′47.532″N 104°2′18.168″W / 43.52987000°N 104.03838000°W / 43.52987000; -104.03838000Coordinates: 43°31′47.532″N 104°2′18.168″W / 43.52987000°N 104.03838000°W / 43.52987000; -104.03838000
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Custer
Township West Custer UT (portion of Custer County west of Custer State Park)[1]
Elevation 3,714 ft (1,132 m)
Population
 • Total 7
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 57735
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-16380
GNIS feature ID 1261554[2]

Dewey is an unincorporated populated place in South Dakota, near the southwest corner of Custer County, less than 1 mile from the Wyoming border, in a prairie region of the Black Hills. [3][4] South Dewey Road leads to Burdock and then to Edgemont, both in Fall River County. It lies in Census Tract 9951 and comprises blocks 3251, 3252, 3255, and 3258. There are approximately five or six homes in Dewey.[5]

Dewey has a volunteer fire department, defined within the Edgemont city district.[6]

History[edit]

Dewey was originally called "S and G Ranch" for its owners Sturgis and Goodell. The name was changed in 1890 by either the Burlington Railroad which came through the area that year, or the Post Office Department.[7] The town is a populated place ("a place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population") that is not a census designated or incorporated place with an official federally recognized name.[8]

Dewey was a cattle town in the first half of the 20th century. Local ranchers used its rail depot to ship cattle to market.[9]

Two ranches near Dewey are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Custer County. The Edna and Ernest Young Ranch is approximately three miles south of town, south of Beaver Creek, while the Charles and Ollie Lampert Ranch is north of Dewey.

The Tennessee Valley Authority and private uranium companies have explored the Dewey / Burdock area since the 1970s.[10] Several mines still exist in the area.[11]

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Further information[edit]

  • Joann Boggs. Presentation to the Custer County Historical Society around the early 2010s. Recording available from the society for a nominal fee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/blk2000/st46_SouthDakota/CountySubdivision/4670320_WestCuster/CBS4670320_013.pdf
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic
  4. ^ http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/blk2000/st46_SouthDakota/CountySubdivision/4670320_WestCuster/CBS4670320_013.pdf
  5. ^ https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.530015,-104.03909&spn=0.006347,0.013733&t=h&z=17
  6. ^ http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic
  7. ^ Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. South Dakota Geographic Names. Brevet Press, Sioux Falls, SD, 1973. p59
  8. ^ http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic
  9. ^ http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/sd/dewey.html
  10. ^ http://www.powertechuranium.com/s/DeweyBurdock.asp
  11. ^ http://www.topoquest.com/map-detail.php?usgs_cell_id=12143