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Kȟowákataŋ Otȟúŋwahe

Bridge City
Mobridge, South Dakota
Scrap metal sculpture of a cowboy riding a walleye on the south end of main street in Mobridge
Scrap metal sculpture of a cowboy riding a walleye on the south end of main street in Mobridge
Make It Mobridge
Location in Walworth County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Walworth County and the state of South Dakota
Mobridge is located in South Dakota
Location in South Dakota
Mobridge is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Walworth
Founded 1906
 • Type Municipal
 • Total 1.96 sq mi (5.08 km2)
 • Land 1.96 sq mi (5.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,660 ft (506 m)
 • Total 3,261
 • Density 1,757.14/sq mi (678.47/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 605
FIPS code 46-43180
GNIS feature ID 1265670
Website City of Mobridge

Mobridge also Kȟowákataŋ Otȟúŋwahe (Lakota: Kȟowákataŋ Otȟúŋwahe; lit. "Over-the-River Town") is a city in Walworth County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 3,261 according to the 2020 census.


Located in territory that had long been occupied by the Lakota Sioux, Mobridge was founded by European Americans in 1906 following construction of the railroad through here. The town was named Mobridge for its railroad designation, a contracted form of Missouri Bridge, after the original railroad bridge over the Missouri River. The bridge was demolished by the Corps of Engineers in the early 1960s and replaced by a higher bridge due to the construction of the Oahe Dam.

There are disputed claims that some or all of chief Sitting Bull's remains were moved in 1953 from Fort Yates, North Dakota, where he had been killed and buried, to Mobridge, which was near his birthplace. The Mobridge burial site is marked by a monument consisting of his bust on a granite pedestal; it overlooks the Missouri River.

The Brown Palace Hotel in Mobridge is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Artist Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota) painted a mural for the town's auditorium.


Mobridge is located at 45°32′23″N 100°26′05″W / 45.539709°N 100.434716°W / 45.539709; -100.434716.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.89 square miles (4.90 km2), all land.

Mobridge has been assigned the ZIP code 57601 and the FIPS place code 43180.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,200
1920 3,517 193.1%
1930 3,464 −1.5%
1940 3,008 −13.2%
1950 3,753 24.8%
1960 4,391 17.0%
1970 4,545 3.5%
1980 4,174 −8.2%
1990 3,768 −9.7%
2000 3,574 −5.1%
2010 3,465 −3.0%
2020 3,261 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2017 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,465 people, 1,514 households, and 898 families living in the city. The population density was 1,833.3 inhabitants per square mile (707.8/km2). There were 1,727 housing units at an average density of 913.8 per square mile (352.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.7% White, 0.2% African American, 20.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,514 households, of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 44 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 22.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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