South Dakota April 13, 2019
This Ghost Town In South Dakota Manages To Only Get Better With Time
South Dakota has a number of historic and abandoned towns to visit, but ghost towns that seem to get better with age? It isn’t an oxymoron, folks, but rather this South Dakota ghost town that manages to only get better with time:
Located in south-central South Dakota is that of Jones County and the ghost town of Okaton.
Founded in 1906 in correlation with the nearby Milwaukee Railroad, Okaton seemed to disappear as quickly as it came about, due to both the railroad moving and the area's historically harsh winters.
While the town was nearly abandoned by the 1980s, a local family made an attempt at reviving it as a tourist destination, complete with a petting zoo, cafe, and working general store.
Unfortunately, the idea did not stick, but remnants from the town's tourist attraction days can still be seen around the community.
What makes Okaton stand out from countless other ghost towns? It might be its still-standing and well-preserved buildings...
...and nearby landmarks.
It doesn't get more iconic than the Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur!
Even better? Okaton is surrounded by some of the most peaceful and pristine landscape in the state!
Okaton is located just off Exit 183 along Interstate 90.
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