South Dakota January 19, 2019
This Little Known South Dakota Town Has One Of The Most Unusual Names In America
Not too long ago, we visited these
8 South Dakota Towns Have The Silliest Names But Are So Worth A Visit and discovered SoDak towns with names like Athol, Highmore, and Johnson Siding. Come to find out, one of our silly-sounding towns not only has one of the funniest names in the state but in America. Can you guess which it is?
Recently, Best Life released their list of the
50 Weirdest Town Names in America, naming such places as Bacon Level, Alabama; Hazardville, Connecticut; and...
...our very own Hooker, South Dakota!
Founded in 1894, Hooker is an unincorporated community in Turner County that was once big enough for a post office but steadily declined through the early 20th Century.
Despite the name's implication, the town was named for a founding settler named John Hooker and NOT for anything — or anyone — else!
Since a census hasn't been taken for several decades, there is no official population count for Hooker, which we highly recommend everyone visit for both a selfie in front of the town sign and to meet some of the town's friendly folks.
Tip: When you visit Hooker, make sure to also visit the nearby Danville Heritage Museum and Family Research Center in Viborg, which houses many mementos from Hooker's past.
Have you visited Hooker, South Dakota? Please share your memories in the comments! You can discover even more of our favorite SoDak ghost towns by clicking
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