South Dakota Military Forts
list of forts, reservations, blockhouses, named camps, National
and State Homes for soldiers, national cemeteries, etc., in the
United States from its earliest settlement to date.
Many of the forts and structures
named were erected by the early settlers for their own
protection, and all vestige of them has now disappeared. The
exact locations of many are not positively known at the present
day, but reference is made to them in State histories, State
papers, etc. Those in bold-faced type are now occupied by troops
or are under the control of the War Department.(does not apply)
The data available for consultation are known to be incomplete,
and may be erroneous in some instances.
Bennett, Fort, South Dakota on Missouri
River, at the Cheyenne Agency, now town of that name.
Cedar, Fort, South Dakota, 28 miles
Cheyenne Agency, fort at, South Dakota Fort Bennett.
Dakota, Fort, South Dakota at Sioux
Falls, on Big Sioux River.
Dewey, George, Camp, South Dakota at Sioux Falls.
George, Fort, South Dakota on Missouri
River, 20 miles below Pierre.
James, Fort, South Dakota on James
River, at its junction with Shell Creek.
Lookout, Fort, South Dakota on Missouri
River, about 40 miles below Pierre.
Meade, Fort, South Dakota on Bear Butte
Creek, near Sturgis; first called Camp Ruhlen.
Pierre, Fort, South Dakota Stanley
County; now town of that name; on Missouri River, opposite
Pine Ridge Agency, camp at, South Dakota.
Ponca or Ponka, Fort, South Dakota Missouri River, at the Ponca
Rains, Camp, South Dakota at Spotted
Randall, Fort, South Dakota Gregory County, on Missouri River,
near Nebraska border; now town of that name.
Ruhlen, Camp, South Dakota Now Fort Meade.
South Dakota State Soldiers' Home, Hot
Springs, South Dakota.
Spotted Tail Agency, South Dakota on White River, 3 miles west
of the mouth of Beaver Creek.
Whetstone Agency, South Dakota on
Missouri River, 30 miles from Fort Randall.
Source: Historical Register and
Dictionary of the United States Army, Volume 2, by Francis B.
Heitman, Government Printing Office, 1903.