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Potter County: Open Prairie


PIERRE, S.D. – Potter County, located in the north-central portion of South Dakota, is home to the communities of Gettysburg, Hoven, Lebanon and Tolstoy. Created in 1875 as Ashmore County, the name was later changed to Potter in 1877 to honor Dr. Joel A. Potter, a member of the Legislature of that year.

Potter County is also home to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, known as the Cathedral on the Prairie. The construction of St. Anthony of Padua Church was completed in 1920. Its design is thought be patterned after churches typically found in Bavaria. The church is registered as a National Historical Landmark under the original parish name of St. Bernard. Located in Hoven, the seating capacity of the cathedral is 1,200, more than enough room for Hoven’s 522 residents.

In Gettysburg, visitors can explore a friendly community with great scenery. Here an annual car show tops the list of exciting attractions, with a show 'n shine, poker run, trophies and a supper and social. Spectators can check out the cars free of charge in June each year.

Explore the open prairie as you head to Whitlock Bay, located on the mighty Missouri’s Lake Oahe. Enjoy water recreation and fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. With the entire western border of Potter County made by the Missouri, there is ample opportunity for water access throughout the county.

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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