Gary, SD

Quick City Facts

County: Deuel
Population (2019): 229
Population (2010): 227

Data provided by US Census Bureau (2019)

Gary, South Dakota lies on the very eastern edge of the state, butted up against Minnesota in Deuel County. It is in the glacial lakes region, high on the Coteau Prairie, just east of the Buffalo Ridge. Gary is a small community, having a population under 250, but projects a big personality. It’s known far and wide in this area as the place you go to relax and have a good time. Gary and its immediate surroundings provide many diverse businesses with people just as diverse. From farming and ranching to trucking and wind generators – you’ll find it in Gary.

History

Gary was one of the first settlements in Dakota Territory. The railroad, which later helped build many other towns along its tracks, first entered Dakota Territory at Gary in 1872. The Gary Historical Association sponsored a monument honoring the coming of the railroad with a commemorative monument dedicated on July 3, 1976, as part of their Bicentennial celebration.

Recreation/Community Events

As for entertainment opportunities in the area you’ll find access to lakes for water fun and fishing, as well as plenty of game for hunting. Wintertime brings snowmobile fun with miles and miles of groomed trails to roam.

Gary has a third of July celebration¬† with children’s events, a horse pull, tractor pull and volunteer firemen water fights. The Gate City to the West still provides some of that old “cow town” activity as well. Certain times of year you’ll see cattle drives down the streets of town, as well as a couple of rodeos in the area and trail rides for the horse lover.

Contact Information

Popular Attractions

Milbank Millstone Family Restaurant

Milbank Millstone Family Restaurant

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Expressions / Knit Nook

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Dew Drop Inn Cafe

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McGuigan Farm Experience

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Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co.

Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Co.

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Glacial Lakes Distillery

Glacial Lakes Distillery

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Page’s Place Cafe & Grill

Page’s Place Cafe & Grill

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Black Hills Coupon Book

Black Hills Coupon Book

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Wind Cave National Park

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Madame Peacock’s Beer & Bling

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Harry’s Hair Cuts & Hot Towels

Harry’s Hair Cuts & Hot Towels

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Pettigrew Home and Museum

Pettigrew Home and Museum

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Wylie Thunder Road

Wylie Thunder Road

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East River Nursery

East River Nursery

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Choco Latte Coffee & Handmade Candy

Choco Latte Coffee & Handmade Candy

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Blue’s Family Restaurant

Blue’s Family Restaurant

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Aberdeen Aquatic Center

Aberdeen Aquatic Center

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Al’s Grill & Concessions

Al’s Grill & Concessions

Lemmon

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