Genealogy.com
Starting Sept. 30, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
 
Learn more

Community

Search

Family Finder
First Name:
Middle:
Last:
 

HOMESTEADERS OF WATAUGA SOUTH DAKOTA

Updated December 27, 2005

About Our Family Research


GREETINGS FROM WATAUGA, SOUTH DAKOTA. WE ARE COMPILING INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF WATAUGA, SOUTH DAKOTA. THE VILLAGE IS 1 MILE FROM THE NORTH DAKOTA BORDER. SIOUX AND GRANT COUNTIES IN NORTH DAKOTA ARE INCLUDED IN OUR RESEARCH. THE AREA THAT WE ARE RESEARCHING IS 5 MILES EITHER SIDE OF WATAUGA, 23 MILES SOUTH TO THE GRAND RIVER AND 15 MILES NORTH TO AN AREA KNOWN AS PARADISE FLATS.
The Standing Rock Indian Reservation was opened for homesteading with a lottery in November of 1909. The first homesteaders arrived in Watauga in May of 1910. They came from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. On arrival in May of 1910, the only site marking Watauga was a Railroad section house and sign post.
With the influx of homeseaders, the businesses in Watauga sprang up almost overnight. They included the lumberyards, general merchandise, livery barn, restaurant and implement dealers.
Many homesteaders brought their lumber, machinery, household supplies in an immigrant car.
After the initial building of the businesses in Watauga, the churches and school soon followed.
Many homesteaders only spent 14 months and paid for the 160 acres of land. This land was either sold or rented immediately to neighbors. Many of the present day residents of the Watauga community are descendents of the original homesteaders.
We have been gathering information of the settling of the Watauga area for about three years. We welcome any contact from people with more information. Our collection includes pictures of businesses, homesteads, the homesteaders and community activities.

 
Family Photos
 
Related Files
 
Related Links
 
Contact the Author


 

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
The content shown on this page has been submitted by a Genealogy.com customer, and is not subject to verification by Genealogy.com. Neither Genealogy.com nor its affiliates are responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on this page. The opinions expressed on this page are the author's alone and not the opinions of Genealogy.com.
© 2011 Ancestry.com