Rowena, South Dakota

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Rowena (pronounced "roh-WEE'-nuh"[1]) is an unincorporated community in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. It is located along South Dakota Highway 42.

Rowena is located at 43°31′13″N 96°33′20″W / 43.52028°N 96.55556°W / 43.52028; -96.55556, just over a mile north of the border with Iowa, about 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Sioux Falls, and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of the Minnesota border, at an elevation of 1,411 feet (430 m). The ZIP Code is 57056.

Television Towers[edit]

Two of the South Dakota's tallest structures are located near Rowena: the 609.6 meter high KDLT Tower, and the slightly shorter KELO TV Tower.


Rowena was founded on October 17, 1888. Farming and quartzite mining are the traditional activity of Rowena.

According to an 1895 atlas, Rowena had a population of 126 people. According to the 1950 census, Rowena had a population of 70. The United States Census Bureau no longer tracks Rowena as a separate community. Current population is 57 as of Oct 2012

Notable residents and natives[edit]