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Medary, South Dakota
unincorporated community
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Brookings
Township Medary
Founded 1857
Founded by Dakota Land Company
Named for Samuel Medary
Elevation 1,575 ft (480 m)
Time zone Central Time Zone (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 57006
Area code 605
GNIS feature ID 1261042

Medary is an unincorporated community in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Founded in 1857 by the Dakota Land Company, it was one of the first towns in South Dakota. It is not tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau.

History

Early history

The earliest signs of life found in the area date back to 1500 BC, evidenced through ancient stone artifacts belonging to many different Native American peoples, as well as several burial mounds found in the area. Popular places for early Indian settlements in the county were along the county's many lakes, including the Oakwood Lakes and Lake Campbell; and the Big Sioux River. Sioux Indian tribes later settled the area. The buffalo, elk, and deer herds in the area were important parts of Native American and pioneer life. The area had been traveled by missionaries, explorers, merchants, and trappers as early as 1750. The first recorded white man to visit what later became Brookings County was fur-trader Joseph LaFramboise. LaFramboise established a trading post near Flandreau, running it from 1822 to 1827.

Founding and settlement

Medary was the first official town in Brookings County and was one of the first three settlements in South Dakota, along with Flandreau and Sioux Falls. It was named for Governor Samuel Medary of Minnesota Territory. Medary was located and founded in May 1857 The first post office in Brookings County was established in 1871 with Trygstad as postmaster. Medary was also the location of the first school sessions in Brookings County, which were held in volunteers' homes. Medary was the first county seat of Brookings County for a total 8 years, from 1871 to 1879.

Later history and today

Medary and the nearby towns of Oakwood and Fountain each hoped that the incoming railroad would decide to go through their town, but they were all bypassed. Instead, the businessmen of Medary and Fountain collaborated and decided to build a town along the planned path of the tracks, which later became Brookings in October 1879. Other towns that sprang up along the railroad were Aurora and Volga. Several businesses moved from Medary and Fountain to Brookings. The town of Medary has become largely abandoned.

A monument was built on the old site of Medary to commemorate the town's existence at the old site.

Geography

Medary is located in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States, about 4.5 miles south of Brookings. Its coordinates are 44°12′35″N 96°47′11″W / 44.20972°N 96.78639°W / 44.20972; -96.78639. The Big Sioux River is located nearby.

Climate

Climate data for Medary, South Dakota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18.3)
69
(20.6)
85
(29.4)
93
(33.9)
106
(41.1)
105
(40.6)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
102
(38.9)
93
(33.9)
77
(25)
68
(20)
109
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 23
(-5)
28
(-2.2)
39
(3.9)
55
(12.8)
68
(20)
77
(25)
82
(27.8)
80
(26.7)
71
(21.7)
58
(14.4)
40
(4.4)
26
(-3.3)
53.9
(12.18)
Daily mean °F (°C) 13
(-10.6)
18
(-7.8)
30
(-1.1)
44
(6.7)
57
(13.9)
66
(18.9)
71
(21.7)
69
(20.6)
59
(15)
46
(7.8)
31
(-0.6)
17
(-8.3)
43.4
(6.34)
Average low °F (°C) 3
(-16.1)
8
(-13.3)
21
(-6.1)
33
(0.6)
45
(7.2)
55
(12.8)
59
(15)
57
(13.9)
47
(8.3)
34
(1.1)
21
(-6.1)
8
(-13.3)
32.6
(0.32)
Record low °F (°C) -41
(-40.6)
-41
(-40.6)
-23
(-30.6)
-2
(-18.9)
7
(-13.9)
28
(-2.2)
37
(2.8)
28
(-2.2)
12
(-11.1)
-9
(-22.8)
-22
(-30)
-36
(-37.8)
-41
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.35
(8.9)
0.43
(10.9)
1.16
(29.5)
2.13
(54.1)
2.97
(75.4)
4.30
(109.2)
3.25
(82.6)
3.07
(78)
3.19
(81)
2.05
(52.1)
0.95
(24.1)
0.48
(12.2)
24.33
(618)
Source: The Weather Channel (Historical Monthly Averages)

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