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McPherson County: Flourishing Culture


PIERRE, S.D. – McPherson County in the north central portion of the state flourishes with ethnic heritage. The area’s German-Russian culture is evident in the communities of Eureka, Leola, Long Lake, Wetonka and Hillsview.

Learn the story of the area’s rich heritage at the Eureka Pioneer Museum. The strong German-Russian culture is depicted through exhibits such as military memorabilia, furniture, domestic items and antique farm machinery.

Each year, during the third weekend in September, Eureka hosts Schmeckfest. The weekend is full of festive events celebrating the county's beginnings. Enjoy authentic German food and endless entertainment.

The healthy pheasant and waterfowl populations in the surrounding countryside attract avid outdoorsmen to enjoy some of the best hunting in South Dakota. In addition, Lake Eureka and the nearby Missouri River provide ample opportunities for fishing, camping and other popular water activities.  

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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