Piedmont, South Dakota

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Piedmont
—  City  —
Piedmont is located in South Dakota
Piedmont
Location within the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°13′54″N 103°23′19″W / 44.23167°N 103.38861°W / 44.23167; -103.38861Coordinates: 44°13′54″N 103°23′19″W / 44.23167°N 103.38861°W / 44.23167; -103.38861
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyMeade
Founded1890
Incorporated2007
Named forFrench for "foot of the mountain"
Elevation3,494 ft (1,065 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total222
Time zoneMountain Time Zone (MST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes57769
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-49500[1]
GNIS feature ID2547299[2]
 
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Piedmont
—  City  —
Piedmont is located in South Dakota
Piedmont
Location within the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°13′54″N 103°23′19″W / 44.23167°N 103.38861°W / 44.23167; -103.38861Coordinates: 44°13′54″N 103°23′19″W / 44.23167°N 103.38861°W / 44.23167; -103.38861
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyMeade
Founded1890
Incorporated2007
Named forFrench for "foot of the mountain"
Elevation3,494 ft (1,065 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total222
Time zoneMountain Time Zone (MST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes57769
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-49500[1]
GNIS feature ID2547299[2]

Piedmont is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States.[3] According to the 2010 Census, the population was 222. Piedmont lies along Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Sturgis. Piedmont has been assigned the ZIP Code of 57769.[4]

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History

Piedmont takes its name from a French word meaning "the foot of the mountain," because it lies on the eastern slope of the Black Hills.[5] Piedmont was founded in 1890 and remained unincorporated for nearly 117 years.[6] It officially became a city August 16, 2007, and elected its first town board in November 2007.[6][7] The area was first inhabited in the mid 1870s.[6]

Geography

Piedmont is located part of an area referred to as the Red Valley, or Race Track, a rock layer in the Spearfish Formation which forms a valley circling the Black Hills.[8][9] It is mostly red shale with beds of gypsum. Piedmont lies west of Interstate 90, north of Summerset, SD, east of the Black Hills National Forest, and south of Elk Creek.

Natural disasters

The Piedmont area has experienced several large forest fires in recent years, including the Little Elk in 2002, Ricco Fire in 2005, and Eastridge Fire in 2006.[10][11] In August 2007 Piedmont experienced a significant storm, including softball-sized hail and heavy rain which caused significant flooding and other damage to the city.[10][12]

Economy

Many Piedmont area residents work in nearby Rapid City, SD. Larger private employers include Mountain West Products, which processes bark from area sawmills into retail landscape products, High Plains Genetics, which provides genetic material to livestock producers, and Jack's Campers. Piedmont has numerous small businesses in tourism, transportation, and construction.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Piedmont, South Dakota". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:2547299. 
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota Place-Names, Part I: State, County, and Town Names. Vermillion, South Dakota: University of South Dakota.. OCLC 34885177. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027015455. 
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Steve (November 5, 2007). "Piedmont elects first town board". Rapid City Journal. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/top-stories/article_4ee518cd-4d10-5639-b165-488de9557d9f.html. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Change Notes for South Dakota" (TXT). United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/bndrychanges/south%20dakota.txt. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Red Valley". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1267034. 
  9. ^ "Black Hills National Forest - Environment". http://www.gorp.com. http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-black-hills-national-forest-rapid-city-sidwcmdev_066660.html. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  10. ^ a b Miller, Steve (August 19, 2007). "Piedmont residents cleaning up debris". Rapid City Journal. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/top-stories/article_8e549e6f-00e3-585a-86e8-b5c9996bf309.html. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  11. ^ Journal Staff (July 16, 2005). "Ricco Fire almost contained". Rapid City Journal. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/article_c2065ed6-5764-5961-8677-071827249728.html. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  12. ^ Wolfgang, Justin (August 17, 2007). "Pummeled by storm, Piedmont begins arduous clean up". Rapid City Journal. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/top-stories/article_1c14fda9-5936-5fb3-bcbf-cc7e01348bb4.html. Retrieved 2010-07-13.