Military Forts by State



South Dakota Military Forts

Alphabetical 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 above Pierre.
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 Pierre.
Pine Ridge Agency, camp at, South Dakota.
Ponca or Ponka, Fort, South Dakota Missouri River, at the Ponca Agency.

Rains, Camp, South Dakota at Spotted Tail Agency.
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.

Military Forts

Source: Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, Volume 2, by Francis B. Heitman, Government Printing Office, 1903.

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