Introduction to Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton is the county seat of Yankton County. The city is named after the Nakota Native Americans. Lewis and Clark first visited the site of Yankton in 1804. However, the area was not permanently settled until 1859. The Dakota Southern Railway first arrived in the area in 1873. The city is often referred to as River City because of its proximity to the Missouri River.
Yankton and nearby Attractions
- Dakota Territorial Museum
- Ashfall Fossils Beds State Historic Park
- Pierson Ranch Recreation Area
- Union Grove State Park
- Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
- Springfield Recreation Area
Things To Do In Yankton
Local shoppers may visit the Yankton Mall, which is a popular shopping center in the area. The Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and the Fox Run Municipal Golf Course provide facilities for local golfers. Local festivals include the Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival, which is held every August. One can also plan a trip to the Karttrax Go Kart and Family Fun Park.
Joe Foss Field Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Yankton Higher Education
Mount Mary College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include the University of South Dakota, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Wayne State University.