Where South Dakota Begins!

History notes that the Lewis and Clark Expedition made camp in or near Elk Point on August 22, 1804.   Elk Point was first settled in 1859 along the Military Road running from Sioux City to Fort Randall in the Dakota Frontier, making this community one of the oldest in South Dakota.  
  The recorded history of Elk Point dates back to the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804. Captain William Clark recorded in his journal a “Great deel of Elk Sign” at this campsite along the Missouri River. In spite of that significant journal entry, no one today can pinpoint the origin of the name Elk Point. Depending on the historian, Elk Point was named by the Native Americans who hunted in this area, or it was named by the French fur trappers who preceded Lewis  & Clark’s Corps of Discovery, or it was named by Captain Clark himself, or by Eli Wixson, who had come from Sioux City, IA, to build the first cabin in 1859 and become Elk Point’s first citizen. Whatever the origin, this community was officially incorporated as Elk Point on January 10, 1873.


Elk Point Spring Clean Up

Elk Point City Residents Only 

Saturday, May 19th   

9:00am – 5:00pm (or until dumpsters are full)

Sunday, May 20th   

9:00am – 5:00pm (or until dumpsters are full)

A certificate will be needed for the free dump.  Please pick them up at city hall (106 W. Pleasant St.).  One certificate per household.

The City will rent six (6) dumpsters which will be located at the City Rubble Site at 32446 476th Avenue for use during Spring Clean Up.  Once these dumpsters are full, Spring Clean Up will be concluded. 

After spring clean up, the Rubble Site will no longer accept construction and demolition debris, furniture, carpeting or other non putrescible wastes until further notice.  

Summer Hours began on April 11th.  Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

The Recycle Center is open on Mondays & Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00pm.



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