Owanka, South Dakota

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Owanka, South Dakota
Unincorporated community
Abandoned grain elevator in Owanka
Abandoned grain elevator in Owanka
Owanka is located in South Dakota
Owanka
Owanka
Location of Owanka in South Dakota.
Coordinates: 44°01′19″N 102°35′14″W / 44.021932°N 102.587283°W / 44.021932; -102.587283Coordinates: 44°01′19″N 102°35′14″W / 44.021932°N 102.587283°W / 44.021932; -102.587283
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Pennington
Population estimate from Rapid City Journal newspaper article[1]
 • Total 2
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 57767
Area code(s) 605

Owanka is an unincorporated community in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States.[2] Although not tracked by the United States Census Bureau, Owanka has been assigned the ZIP Code of 57767.[3]

History[edit]

The first settlement at Owanka was made in 1888.[4] A post office called Owanka was established in 1907.[5] Owanka is a name derived from the Sioux language, meaning "good camping ground."[6]

Now mostly a ghost town, a single family resides in Owanka.[7] In addition to those two people, several others reside outside the town limits.[1]

South Dakota Magazine offers a photo gallery of old Owanka buildings in this article reference:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owanka's few and faithful like the peace and quiet at the Wayback Machine (archived October 17, 2012)
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Owanka, South Dakota
  3. ^ "Look Up a ZIP Code". USPS. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 54. 
  5. ^ "Pennington County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 111. 
  7. ^ What Happened To Owanka? at the Internet ArchivePDF (328KB)
  8. ^ Owanka Ghost Town at the Wayback Machine (archived April 23, 2014)