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Our Genealogy Helper for Hill City ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Hill City (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Hill City. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Hill City is located in Pennington County.

To see how the shape of South Dakota's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pennington County: Custer, Haakon, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota & Weston (WY).

Below are the counties that are near Hill City. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Hill City:

  • Pennington County     (The home county of Hill City)
    • Sheridan [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheridan have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheridan
      • Sheridan [Pennington County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 447 people
    • Keystone [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [Pennington County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 343 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<3>
    • Frenchtown [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchtown have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchtown
      • Frenchtown [Pennington County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 276 people
    • Harney [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harney have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harney
      • Harney [Pennington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 64 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harney
    • Rockerville [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockerville
      • Rockerville [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 144 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockerville<3>
    • Canyon City [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canyon City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canyon City
      • Canyon City [Pennington County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
    • Mystic [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mystic
      • Mystic [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mystic
    • Silver City [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver City
      • Silver City [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 60 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver City
    • Stratosphere Bowl [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stratosphere Bowl have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stratosphere Bowl
      • Stratosphere Bowl [Pennington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 72 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stratosphere Bowl
    • Fairview [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairview have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairview
      • Fairview [Pennington County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 65 people
    • Johnson Siding [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnson Siding
      • Johnson Siding [Pennington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 659 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson Siding
    • Colonial Pine Hills [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonial Pine Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonial Pine Hills
      • Colonial Pine Hills [Pennington County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colonial Pine Hills
  • Custer County
    • Custer [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Custer have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
      • Custer [Custer County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,969 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Custer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Custer<3>
    • Spokane [Custer County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spokane have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spokane
      • Spokane [Custer County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 3,237 people
    • Fourmile [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fourmile have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fourmile
      • Fourmile [Custer County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 70 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fourmile
    • State Game Lodge [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for State Game Lodge have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for State Game Lodge
      • State Game Lodge [Custer County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 29 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on State Game Lodge
    • Sanator [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sanator have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanator
      • Sanator [Custer County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,350 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanator
    • Hermosa [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hermosa have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hermosa
      • Hermosa [Custer County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 425 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hermosa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hermosa<3>
    • Pringle [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pringle have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pringle
      • Pringle [Custer County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 113 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pringle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pringle<3>
    • Fairburn [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairburn have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairburn
      • Fairburn [Custer County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 98 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairburn<3>
    • Ivanhoe [Custer County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ivanhoe have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ivanhoe
      • Ivanhoe [Custer County] was located 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 144 people
    • Buffalo Gap [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo Gap have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo Gap
      • Buffalo Gap [Custer County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 144 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buffalo Gap
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buffalo Gap<3>
  • Fall River County
    • Hot Springs [Fall River County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hot Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hot Springs
      • Hot Springs [Fall River County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,502 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hot Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hot Springs<3>
    • Oral [Fall River County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oral have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oral
      • Oral [Fall River County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 206 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oral
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oral<3>
  • Lawrence County
    • Merritt [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merritt have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merritt
      • Merritt [Lawrence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 175 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merritt
    • Diamond City [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Diamond City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diamond City
      • Diamond City [Lawrence County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
    • Gregory [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gregory have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gregory
      • Gregory [Lawrence County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,264 people
    • Nemo [Lawrence County]
    • Greenwood [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Lawrence County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
    • Tomahawk [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tomahawk have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tomahawk
      • Tomahawk [Lawrence County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 36 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tomahawk
    • Roubaix [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roubaix
      • Roubaix [Lawrence County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2013: 14 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roubaix
    • Dumont [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dumont
      • Dumont [Lawrence County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 45 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dumont
    • Englewood [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Englewood have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Englewood
      • Englewood [Lawrence County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 25 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Englewood
    • Galena [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galena
      • Galena [Lawrence County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galena
    • Lead [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lead
      • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,943 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<3>
    • Central City [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central City
      • Central City [Lawrence County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 131 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central City
  • Meade County
    • Blackhawk [Meade County]
    • Summerset [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerset
      • Summerset [Meade County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,660 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerset
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summerset<3>
    • Piedmont [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piedmont
      • Piedmont [Meade County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 903 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piedmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piedmont<3>
    • Sturgis [Meade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sturgis
      • Sturgis [Meade County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,922 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sturgis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sturgis<3>
  • Weston County (WY)
    • Four Corners [Weston County]
    • Hill View Heights [Weston County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill View Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill View Heights
      • Hill View Heights [Weston County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the west of Hill City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill View Heights
    • Newcastle [Weston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newcastle
      • Newcastle [Weston County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the west of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,397 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newcastle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newcastle<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Hill City, see our County-by-County Page for Hill City.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Hill City ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 102 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hill City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Hill City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Hill City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Hill City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Hill City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Hill City:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from South Dakota
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Hill City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hill City.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Hill City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Mountain View Cemetery
    • The Mountain View Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the south of Keystone.
    • More accurately, Mountain View Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #97167<4>
  • Custer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Custer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Custer Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the south of Hill City.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Custer Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Custer Cemetery
  • Rockerville Cemetery
  • Rochford Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rochford Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rochford Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rochford Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rochford Cemetery
  • Pine Lawn Memorial Park
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pine Lawn Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pine Lawn Memorial Park lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pine Lawn Memorial Park
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Lawn Memorial Park
  • Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Calvary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mt. Calvary Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Calvary Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Mountain View Cemetery
      • The Mountain View Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located outside and to the southwest of Rapid City.
      • To be more accurate, Mountain View Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #97276<4>
    • Mountain Meadow Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mountain Meadow Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mountain Meadow Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the north of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain Meadow Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Meadow Cemetery
    • Blackhawk Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blackhawk Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Blackhawk Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blackhawk Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackhawk Cemetery
    • Pringle Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pringle Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pringle Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the south of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pringle Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pringle Cemetery
    • Piedmont Cemetery
    • Fairburn Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fairburn Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Fairburn Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairburn Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairburn Cemetery
    • Ward Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ward Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ward Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ward Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ward Cemetery
    • Englewood Cemetery
      • Englewood Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Englewood Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Englewood Cemetery
    • Galena Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Hill City had a population of 479 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2019, Hill City had a population of 1,032 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Hill City, with the one closest to Hill City listed first.

  • Hill City [Pennington County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill City
    • Hill City [Pennington County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Hill City
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 479 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,032 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hill City had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hill City<3>
  • Oreville [Pennington County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oreville have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oreville
    • Oreville [Pennington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southwest of Hill City
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Oreville had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oreville
  • Sheridan [Pennington County] - Historic
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheridan have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • While Sheridan was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheridan
    • Sheridan [Pennington County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 25 people
    • Estimated population in 2014: 447 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sheridan had a post office and no railroad service
  • Redfern [Pennington County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Redfern have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redfern
    • Redfern [Pennington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Redfern had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redfern
  • Berne [Custer County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Berne have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berne
    • Berne [Custer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Berne had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berne
  • Mystic [Pennington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mystic
    • Mystic [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mystic had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mystic
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    • Rockerville [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockerville
      • Rockerville [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 87 people
      • Estimated population in 2014: 144 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Rockerville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockerville<3>
    • Pactola [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pactola have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • While Pactola was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pactola
      • Pactola [Pennington County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Hill City
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 25 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pactola had a post office and no railroad service
    • Silver City [Pennington County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver City have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver City
      • Silver City [Pennington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 60 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Silver City had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver City
    • Custer [Custer County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Custer have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Custer
      • Custer [Custer County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the south of Hill City
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 790 people
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,969 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Custer had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Custer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Custer<3>
    • Spokane [Custer County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spokane have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • While Spokane was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spokane
      • Spokane [Custer County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 3,237 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Spokane had a post office and no railroad service
    • Hayward [Pennington County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hayward have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • While Hayward was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hayward
      • Hayward [Pennington County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the east of Hill City
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 48 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Hayward had a post office and no railroad service
    • Merritt [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merritt have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merritt
      • Merritt [Lawrence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the north of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 175 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Merritt had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merritt
    • Rochford [Pennington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rochford
      • Rochford [Pennington County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 48 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Rochford had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rochford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rochford<3>
    • Gregory [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gregory have been provided by the GNIS.<1> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • While Gregory was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gregory
      • Gregory [Lawrence County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Hill City
      • Estimated population in 2014: 1,264 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Gregory had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hill City. See our List of 1890's Communities around Hill City.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Hill City ...

While our initial data about Hill City came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Hill City in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Hill City.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Hill City:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Hill City in these Censuses: 2010-2000. See our Census Page for Hill City for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hill City. See our Misc Page for Hill City for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for South Dakota

About Pennington County

About South Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hill City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Pennington County: www.co.pennington.sd.us/

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hill City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hill City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hill City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hill City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.9319, Longitude: -103.5719       In this case, the coordinates for Hill City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Hill City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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