Jefferson, South Dakota claims a prominent place in the early settlement and history of South Dakota. This beautiful area and level tract of land, covered with lush grass and many trees, attracted pioneers as early as 1859. Jefferson was named for Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States. Jefferson, SD was not formally organized until 1885.
A large black cross in the Jefferson cemetery dates back to 1877 when a priest decided to ask for Divine aid in ridding the countryside of a plague of grasshoppers. Not long after the prayer service great heaps of dead grasshoppers were found along the Sioux and Missouri Rivers. Today Jefferson, SD is a small farming community with a few services for the traveler looking for food and gas.
Picture your next travel stop in Jefferson, South Dakota!