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Hyde County: Agriculturally Based


PIERRE, S.D. – Hyde County is a friendly rural area with strong agricultural ties in the central Great Lakes region. The county is unique in the sense that it has only one organized community, Highmore. Three other sites, Holabird, Stephan and Mac’s Corner are listed on the state map.

Highmore is unique in having two main streets. In 1882, two separate towns were formed. Businesses began to develop in between the two towns and eventually the main streets were connected by Second Street, which is how it is today. Highmore is only 40 miles away from the Missouri River, offering a playground of recreational and fishing activities, while Pierre, the state capital, is also just 48 miles away.

2007 marks the 125th anniversary of Highmore. Old Settlers’ Weekend, a community-wide celebration, is observed annually on the third Saturday in June. Weekend activities range from sporting tournaments to rodeo festivities.

Learn of the county’s past at the Hyde County Historical Museum. The museum features a large collection of historical items pertaining to the region’s history.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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