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Miner County: Small Towns, Big Fun


PIERRE, S.D. – Miner County, nestled in eastern South Dakota, is rich in history and offers visitors small town charm. Here you can explore the communities of Canova, Carthage, Fedora and Howard.

Miner County has a unique place in South Dakota’s history, as the site where the oldest known photograph of a tornado was captured on August 28, 1884, southwest of Howard. The photo can be viewed on the website of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at The photographer’s identity has always remained a mystery.

Miner County is also home to the only museum in the U.S. originally built from straw. The Campbell Straw Built Museum can be found on Main Street in Carthage. Within the museum visitors will find rural memorabilia and 1800s newspapers.

With no shortage of open prairie, Miner County is a great hunting spot. Its location makes it ideal for spotting deer, ducks, geese and pheasants. Lake Carthage is also home to half a dozen species of fish, including walleye, perch and largemouth bass.

Within city limits, entertainment can be found at some of the annual events held throughout the county. Howard’s yearly September in the Park features craft booths, food vendors, music, jugglers, clowns and an outdoor movie theater held at sundown the night before. This year’s gathering will be held on September 9 at the Miner County Fairgrounds.

Carthage will also host its annual Straw Bale Days in conjunction with the township’s 125th birthday celebration. Patrons of this event will enjoy a parade featuring a horse-drawn wagon, old cars and tractors. Festivities will also include games and contests, antique tractors and pioneer floats, a street dance and banquet. The event will run from August 3-5, 2007.

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 Jennifer Anderson, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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