Meckling, South Dakota

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Meckling, South Dakota
Unincorporated community
Meckling is located in South Dakota
Meckling is located in the US
Coordinates: 42°51′42″N 97°5′47″W / 42.86167°N 97.09639°W / 42.86167; -97.09639Coordinates: 42°51′42″N 97°5′47″W / 42.86167°N 97.09639°W / 42.86167; -97.09639
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
 • Total36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)
 • Land36.1 sq mi (93.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,152 ft (351 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total223
 • Density6.2/sq mi (2.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code57044
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-41740[2]
GNIS feature ID1269089[3]

Meckling is an unincorporated community in Clay County, South Dakota. Although not tracked by the Census Bureau.

Meckling was laid out in 1873, and named in honor of Jones S. Meckling, a railroad employee.[4]

Due to the large number of farms that grow the crop alfalfa it has become known as the "Hay Capital of the Universe". In this fertile Missouri River valley of southeastern South Dakota, alfalfa hay is certainly the crop of choice. Each August Meckling and its neighboring town Gayville, the Hay Capital of the World host the Annual Hay Days.

In 1972, the local school closed, and the residents were allowed to choose between the Gayville or Vermillion school districts. A couple of families, displeased with those choices, campaigned for an additional selection to be added: Wakonda.

Recently Meckling's zip code has been changed to Vermillion, SD's zip code of 57069.[5][6]


  1. ^ "SD Towns" (PDF). South Dakota State Historical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 50.
  5. ^ "Meckling, SD ZIP Code Lookup |". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  6. ^ "ZIP Code 57069 Map, Housing Stats, More for Meckling, SD". Retrieved 2017-07-14.