Mud Butte, South Dakota

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Mud Butte
Unincorporated community
Mud Butte is located in South Dakota
Mud Butte
Mud Butte
Location within the state of South Dakota
Mud Butte is located in the US
Mud Butte
Mud Butte
Mud Butte (the US)
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
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
Elevation2,871 ft (875 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes57758
Area code(s)605
GNIS feature ID1256574[1]

Mud Butte is a former village, now a diffuse unincorporated community, located in northern Meade County, South Dakota, United States. It roughly lies along U.S. Route 212, 55 miles northeast of the city of Sturgis.[2] Its elevation is 2,871 feet (875 m).[1] It lies within ZIP code 57758, which is served by the post office at Opal.[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.