What Happened To Klondike, South Dakota?
There is an old bridge that crosses the Big Sioux River just south of Sioux Falls close to Canton, SD and Larchwood, IA on the border of Lincoln county South Dakota and Lyon county Iowa.
But what happened to the town of Klondike? The bridge, built in 1915, spans the river where the Klondike Dam used to be located.
Next to the dam there used to be the Klondike flour Mill which was often referred to as the 'Kruger Mill' after Christian Kruger who came to the US from Germany back in 1851.
Kruger moved to the Larchwood area in 1883 and built the large flour mill at the former town of Klondike. Pretty much all that is left of the old mill is an stone wall foundation on the river's edge.
The old Klondike Dam, which was made from stones encased in concrete was totally replaced in 2012 with 9 arched boulder rapids.
These rapids are made to help fish pass through farther up the river and help maintain a higher level of water above the dam for low depth wells.
Klondike Bridge is for recreational use only today, but it carried highway traffic across the Big Sioux River until 1977, when a different new bridge was constructed. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
Where there once may have stood a vibrant city there is now just a ghost town. What ever happened to the town of Klondike?
I found some evidence that along with the mill there was also a general store and a dance hall. Do you know anything about Klondike, South Dakota?