Almost every town in the state of South Dakota (and probably a lot of other places) got their start one of two ways.

1) The railroad (about 95% of the state)

or 2) Gold (Yep, up in them thar Hills)

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But one of South Dakota's best and friendliest towns with a population 'Under A Grand' didn't get its start because of either of those two. Nope.

It was a creamery.

A guy by the name of E. J. Colton started a creamery in what is now the great town of Colton back in 1897. And before you knew it...Poof!...other businesses started popping up around that creamery and pretty soon what you had was a Main Street!

Then he fired up a newspaper (by the way, one of his partners was a fella named Dave Crooks...yep the namesake of Crooks, another fine town just a bit down the road) and the rest, as they say, is history...Colton history.

But why in the world would you want to visit Colton, South Dakota?

Oh, let me count the reasons why!

If you're looking to spend some time away from the hectic pace and demands of the 'big cities', well how about a beautiful city park and pool to start things off. And if you decide to stay a while (and I'm thinkin' you will) you'll want to enjoy the low crime, family friendly neighborhoods, quality schools, enthusiastic youth groups and over 680 of the friendliest people you'll ever get to know. Heck, just visit their website and browse around and you'll see what I mean.

And for goodness sakes don't miss Colton Jubilee Days, you'll have what I like to call a 'Hoot of a Time'!

Plus, if you still like to take advantage of what a 'big city' has to offer, Colton is located just 20 minutes or so northwest of Sioux Falls.

Yessir, that and a whole lot more is what makes Colton one of the Sioux Empire's Shining Stars.

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Do You Remember These 10 Crazy Snowstorms In South Dakota?

Here's some news that some South Dakotans prefer not to hear this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? The dropping temperatures and early snowstorms out west by Deadwood speak for themselves.

Slowly but surely, people of the Sioux Empire are bracing for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Even though snow will soon be gracing the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlights these ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?