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History of Yankton County

Bordered on the south by the Missouri River, Yankton County has played an integral part in South Dakota history.

1861 heralded the first territorial government, with the City of Yankton being designated the capital of Dakota Territory. Steamboat trade flourished and in 1873 the first railroad line connected Yankton and Sioux City, Iowa.

The County was named for the Yankton band of the Sioux Indians. History suggests that Meriwether Lewis and George Rogers Clark were the first white men to set foot on Yankton County soil. Pelagie LaBarge is the first known white woman to journey to Yankton County, arriving in 1847 with her husband, a steamboat captain. Joseph R. Hanson was the first settler in 1859. 1861 also witnessed the first official newspaper, “The Weekly Dakotan”, being published.

The first school, held in the home of Dr. Abram Van Osdel, opened in December of 1862. Governor Howard selected Yankton County as the site for the state insane hospital in September of 1878. Yankton City and County lost the fight to retain the status of Territorial Capital in 1883 and the capital was moved to Bismark, ND.

The rich history of the County is preserved through many landmark buildings, historical sites and the written word.

Announcements

EMS - New Medicare Cards
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Medicare cards will be issued in 2018. Are you ready? click here for more information

Highway Department Hours
Monday, December 4, 2017

We are in our Winter Hours, Monday thru Friday, 7am to 3pm.

Yankton County Commission Meeting Policy & Form
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Planning and Zoning - Comprehensive Plan
Monday, November 20, 2017

Planning Commission's revisions of Comprehensive Plan - Chapter 1-Intro and Chapter 2-Background

Highway Dept - Snow Removal
Monday, November 20, 2017

FAQ to review and Snow Removal Routes

County Announcements
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Yankton County Emergency Management
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You can text YCOEM to 898211 to receive up to date emergency information.

YC Observer March 31, 2017 article - Yankton Co spends less per person than similar counties
Monday, April 3, 2017
2017 Calendar
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Upcoming Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting

Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Commissioner's Meeting Room

Commission Meeting

Date: December 19, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Commission's Meeting Room in Government Center

Main Phone:
605.260.4400

Address:
321 West 3rd Street, Suite 100 Yankton, SD 57078

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed on Holidays, Saturdays, & Sunday

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