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Welcome to Porcupine ...

Porcupine is located in Oglala Lakota County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Porcupine, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1893.

Porcupine is 3,190 feet [972 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the altitude of Porcupine is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Porcupine lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Porcupine (for example, toward Norris), you will leave Mountain Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Porcupine: (605)

The ZIP code for Porcupine: 57772<3>

Communities Also Named Porcupine ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 4 communities that are also named Porcupine - they are located in Montana, North Dakota, Ontario and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Porcupine.

Communities near Porcupine ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Porcupine.

  • Batesland
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Batesland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Batesland
    • Batesland is located in Oglala Lakota County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 113 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Batesland <5>
  • Sharps Corner
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sharps Corner
    • Sharps Corner is located in Oglala Lakota County
    • Estimated population in 2014: 77 people
  • Manderson - White Horse Creek
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Manderson - White Horse Creek. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<6>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manderson - White Horse Creek
    • Manderson - White Horse Creek is located in Oglala Lakota County
  • Manderson
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
  • Wounded Knee
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Denby
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denby
    • Denby is located in Oglala Lakota County
  • Kyle
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Pine Ridge
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • Rockyford
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockyford
    • Rockyford is located in Oglala Lakota County
  • Whiteclay
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Porcupine. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Porcupine.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Porcupine. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Porcupine.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Porcupine. See our Newspapers Page for Porcupine.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Porcupine ...

Looking for more information about Porcupine? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Porcupine, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Porcupine.

Adding Porcupine to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Porcupine in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Porcupine was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Porcupine post office opened in 1893.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Porcupine.

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

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The official website for State of South Dakota:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Dakota's counties, including Oglala Lakota, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Porcupine - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Porcupine). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Porcupine or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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