White Butte, South Dakota is the last town in South Dakota on the Yellowstone Trail and Highway 12. White Butte, South Dakota was founded in 1909 and named after the white limestone butte just outside of White Butte.
At one time White Butte, SD was a stock shipping point with many businesses to support the ranches in the area. Like so many other small South Dakota towns, the exiting of the railroad in South Dakota has caused White Butte to slowly descend into just a very small residential place on the prairie.
The hunting is great in this area with herds of antelope and deer plus year round open hunting of prairie dogs and coyotes. In the fall the skies darken with the migrating game birds and local game birds are in abundance too. The influx of seasonal hunters each year helps keep small SD towns like White Butte to survive.
Picture your next travel stop in White Butte South Dakota!