Hyde County, South Dakota History

1885 Article from "Dakota" by O. H. Holt














(from "Dakota", 1885, compiled by O. H. Holt.  Transcribed by Karen Seeman)



Hyde county lies toward the southern part of Dakota, and contains an area of 864 square miles, or 552.960 acres. The Winnebago Indian Reservation covers the six southern Jownships, and the Missouri river forms the southwestern boundary for about five miles. The central portion of tbe county is drained by branches of the Medicine creek, and the southern mostly by branches of Crow creek.

The surface is generally a rolling prairie, rising in the northeast into the so-called "Bald Mountains" which are simply an elevated platean forming the dividing ridge between the streams which flow respectively into the James and Missouri rivers.

The Dakota Central branch of the Chicago & North-Western Railway extends through the county, from east to west, near the centre.

The county compares favorably with any other in central Southern Dakota in soil and productions.

Highmore, the principal town, is about two years of age, and is located on the railroad. It has a population of 500. Hughitt and Bramhall are rapidly growing villages.






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