Mud Butte, South Dakota

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Mud Butte
Unincorporated community
Mud Butte is located in South Dakota
Mud Butte
Mud Butte
Mud Butte is located in the US
Mud Butte
Mud Butte
Location within the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 45°0′17″N 102°52′40″W / 45.00472°N 102.87778°W / 45.00472; -102.87778Coordinates: 45°0′17″N 102°52′40″W / 45.00472°N 102.87778°W / 45.00472; -102.87778
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Meade
Elevation 2,871 ft (875 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 57758
GNIS feature ID 1256574[1]

Mud Butte is an unincorporated community in northern Meade County, South Dakota, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 212, northeast of the city of Sturgis, the county seat.[2] Its elevation is 2,871 feet (875 m).[1] Although it is unincorporated, it has a ZIP code of 57758.[3]


Mud Butte was named from a barren butte nearby that had the color of dark mud.[4] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[5]

A rare Tyrannosaurus skeleton was found at Mud Butte in the 1980s.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mud Butte, South Dakota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '05. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2005, p. 93.
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). The WPA Guide to South Dakota. WPA. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-87351-552-8. 
  5. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 340. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0. 
  6. ^ Dinosaur Skeleton Excavated. Toledo Blade. 27 December 1981. p. 11.