Ellis, South Dakota

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Ellis is an unincorporated community in south central Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States.[1] Ellis is located about 1 mile west of the Sioux Falls city limits on Ellis Road, or 1.5 miles north of South Dakota Highway 42. The Ellis & Eastern Railroad is based in Ellis, running 14.5 miles to Brandon to the east. In 1995, the two largest commodities carried by trains were non-metallic minerals and chemicals, mostly for factories near Sioux Falls.[2] The community is considered a part of the Sioux Falls metropolitan area.[3]


Ellis was founded on April 27, 1893, and was originally called Scoopville.[1] The present name most likely honors A. B. Ellis, a railroad employee.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Ellis". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "South Dakota Rail Plan" (PDF). South Dakota Department of Transportation. April 1997. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Sioux Falls Metro Area Profile - Local Employment Dynamics (LED)". South Dakota Department of Labor and Resources. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 36. Archived from the original on 2016-08-09.

Coordinates: 43°33′45″N 96°49′50″W / 43.56250°N 96.83056°W / 43.56250; -96.83056