City of Canton South Dakota

Lincoln County Courthouse

Great to camp, better to colonize!

With the Big Sioux River running along, the Newton Hills State Park buzzing nearby, an advanced education system and an economy growing at a rapid rate, the city of Canton, South Dakota is a hotspot for people looking to relocate. Whether you are planning a vacation or a business repositioning, the city of Canton ticks all the boxes. The city has everything a settler would want in a place. Here is everything you need to know about the county seat of Lincoln County, South
Dakota, United States.

History of Canton

The beautiful valleys of Canton, SD had known no visitors until Lewis P. Hyde set foot in the lands in 1866. However the first person to pitch his tent in Canton was August Linderman. And then two years later, 35 people moved in to live in the area. It was perhaps the fact that Canton had an ideal geographic location that led a caravan of 180 Norwegian settlers to cross the Big Sioux River to reside in Canton later, in that year. Canton, SD was named by the Norwegian settler and former legislator, James M. Wahl.

Natural Beauty

When you visit Canton, you’ll be astounded by its natural beauty. The community is 20 miles south of Sioux Falls with the Big Sioux River marking its eastern borders. The city dwells in the dumbfounding, breath-taking hills of the Sioux Valley. If you like hiking, the surroundings will prove to be heaven. The famous Newton Hills State park is only 6 miles south and just 8 miles north is Lake Alvin. The city is endowed with natural beauty.

Recreation

The Newton Hills State Park is a grand center for recreation. Following are few of the facilities offered there:

1. Camping

2. Horse-back riding

3. Nature trails

4. Cross-country skiing

5. Annual Car Show in July

6. The Big Sioux River

7. Folk festival in August

8. Annual Christmas Parade

9. Club House

10. 7 Area Parks

If this is not enough, there is Hiawatha Country Club and Golf Course, Lake Alvin Recreational Area, Big Sioux River access, a number of city and sports parks and fine dining restaurants, spread across the rejuvenating city of Canton, South Dakota.

There are also the annual Sioux River Folk Festival held in August.

Population

A city’s attractions are largely determined by the people who populate it. At the 2000 census, the population of Canton, SD was 3,110 but a large expansion in that data in the recent years is being reported. Most of the people hanging their hats in Canton, SD are householders and more than 50% people are married couples living together. It is because of the hard-working and dedicated citizens of Canton, SD, that the city has a resilient economy.

Economy

In the olden days, The Big sioux River, was the key component governing the economy of the city of Canton. In 2012, a giant leap was taken to make Canton business friendly. The first South Dakota Certified Ready Site was created in 2012 which contained the Canton Industrial Park. It was a very neat move by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The Canton Industrial Park marks the western side of Canton and covers around 28 acres of area. Already established in the park are two huge industries; Adam’s Thermal and Terex.

The Canton Industrial Park highly promotes economic development in all cities and counties in South Dakota. It is a certified and zoned site created basically for hosting industrial and other commercial events.The Governor’s Office of Economic Development ( GOED) provides valuable and precise information on sites for a world wide audience.

It is chiefly due to the well educated and highly skilled citizens of Canton SD, Canton Industrial Park is already home to six industries with the longest active one being The Eastern Farmers Co op. Other industries include Adams Thermal Systems, Terex Company, Johnson Feed Inc, Fastek products, Midwest Molding and Legacy Electronics.

Historical Buildings

Canton, SD houses in its warm and comforting environment, many historical homes and buildings built as long back as the late1800s. Two of the famous historical buildings of Canton, SD are listed below

Augustana College

Augustana College, thriving in the stunningly attractive Sioux Falls of South Dakota, is a private liberal arts college. Often referred to as “Augie”, the Augustana College is the largest private university in the state.

With the years, the college has grown immensely and the enrolments have increased consistently. It is a prestigious university with a well renowned NCAA athletic program. The University receives a lot of attention from publications which review colleges; it is undoubtedly a prized jewel of Canton, SD.

A Latin document written during the Protestant Reformation in 1530, confession Augustana, inspired the name of the university. The Augustana College has huge historical importance. From relocation disputes to financial crises, the walls of Augustana bear witness to it all. How the identically named school in Rock Island, Illinois came into existence is an intrinsic part of that history.

Not only is the Augustana College, South Dakota, a place for excellent education and instruction, it is also a cultural hub with a history dating back hundreds of years.

Hiawatha Insane Asylum

The Canton Indian Insane Asylum or the Hiawatha Insane Asylum was a geographic landmark of Canton, South Dakota from the late 1890s to 1934. It has always been a topic of heated debate for history enthusiasts whether the place was a federal facility for law offenders or an institution for the mentally challenged. The doors of the asylum were finally slammed shut for good in 1934.

On a part of the asylum grounds, now resides the Sanford Hospital. Even now, a cemetery for 121 asylum patients is present on the grounds where the Hiawatha Insane Asylum once existed. The cemetery has the privileged honor of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Awards

It comes as no surprise that Canton, SD received the South Dakota Community of the Year Award in 2004 and 2011. The city is clearly gifted with natural geographical splendor and has a community of passionate and head strong people who have taken intelligent steps to make it economically sound and accessible to every industry of the world. The City of Canton, SD also has a pleasant neighborhood and favorable climate. The place has much to offer. What’s not to love about the place?

 

 

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