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

Papa’s Pub & Eatery

Papa’s Pub & Eatery

Dell Rapids

Craft

Craft

Brookings

444 Bar & Grill/Elks Lodge

444 Bar & Grill/Elks Lodge

Huron

Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center

Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center

Marvin

Wanda’s Kitchen

Wanda’s Kitchen

Sturgis

Wild Idea Buffalo Co

Wild Idea Buffalo Co

Rapid City

Escapades Escape Rooms

Escapades Escape Rooms

Sioux Falls

Lost Cabin Beer Company

Lost Cabin Beer Company

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Vinyl Taco

Vinyl Taco

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Morrie’s Steakhouse

Morrie’s Steakhouse

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High Country Guest Ranch

High Country Guest Ranch

Hill City

Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park

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Burger Plus

Burger Plus

Huron

Pizza Di Paolo

Pizza Di Paolo

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Gold Country Inn

Gold Country Inn

Deadwood

Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream + Country Store

Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream + Country Store

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Mama’s Ladas

Mama’s Ladas

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Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Sioux Falls

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