Yankton College

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Yankton College
Yankton College Conservatory NRHP 75001724.jpg
The Yankton College Conservatory in 1912
Active1881 (1881)–1984 (1984)
FounderJoseph Ward
Students240 (final)
Yankton College Historic District
Yankton Federal Prison Camp 2.JPG
Yankton College is located in South Dakota
Yankton College
Yankton College is located in the US
Yankton College
LocationYankton, South Dakota
Coordinates42°52′49″N 97°23′25″W / 42.8803°N 97.3903°W / 42.8803; -97.3903Coordinates: 42°52′49″N 97°23′25″W / 42.8803°N 97.3903°W / 42.8803; -97.3903
ArchitectElmslie, George
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference #82003949[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 22, 1982

Yankton College was a small liberal arts college in Yankton, South Dakota, United States, affiliated with the Congregational Christian Churches (later the United Church of Christ).

Founded in 1881, it was the first institution of higher learning in the Dakota Territory. The man primarily responsible for the college's establishment was Joseph Ward, a local pastor and educator who is one of the two South Dakotans represented in Statuary Hall. Yankton College produced 9 Rhodes Scholars, more than any other South Dakota higher education institution.[2]

The campus was declared the Yankton College Historic District in 1982 due to the presence of a group of buildings designed by architect George Grant Elmslie. Between 1927 and 1932, Elmslie designed seven structures for the college, of which several were built:[3]

  • Campus Library (1927/1928)
  • Forbes Hall of Science (1929)
  • Look Chapel, project (1929)
  • Power plant (1930)
  • Look Dormitory for Men (1931)
  • Conservatory of Music (1932)
  • Gymnasium, project (1932)

The college's athletic teams were known as the Greyhounds. The football stadium (Crane Youngworth Field) is now used as the home field for the Yankton High School football teams.

Yankton College closed in December 1984, and its campus became the site of Federal Prison Camp, Yankton,[4] which opened four years later.[5]

The University of South Dakota - Springfield, a public university in the same state also originally established in 1881, also closed in 1984, and its campus became the site of a state prison.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ http://www.rhodesscholar.org/assets/uploads/2018%20RS_Number%20of%20Winners%20by%20Institution.pdf
  3. ^ "Yangton College Buildings, George Grant Elmslie, architect". Organica: Purcell and Elmslie, the Web Sanctuary. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ Green, Doug. "From "College Town" to "Prison Town"." Federal Prisons Journal. Federal Bureau of Corrections, Volume 1, No. 1. Northern hemisphere Summer 1989. 25 (26/45). Retrieved on October 3, 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.yanktoncollege.org/AboutUs/History.aspx
  6. ^ http://doc.sd.gov/adult/facilities/mdsp/mdsp.aspx
  7. ^ "Lyle Martin Alzado". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "Gabor S. Boritt". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "BOTTUM, Joseph H., (1903 - 1984)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Baseball's First Woman Umpire Dies". Schenectady Gazette. 22 July 1971. Retrieved 29 March 2013. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  11. ^ "Dr. Riley W. Gardner Obituary". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "Les Goodman". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "Alvin Hansen Biography". Encyclopedia of World Biography on Alvin Hansen. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  14. ^ http://www.yanktoncollege.org/Portals/0/2010%20BULLETIN.pdf
  15. ^ "Nancy Lenehan". IMDb. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  16. ^ "Ruben Mendoza". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  17. ^ Martin, Douglas (May 2, 2012). "Earl Rose, Coroner When Kennedy Was Shot, Dies at 85". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "Dean Wink Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Retrieved January 2, 2015.

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