Roslyn, South Dakota

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Roslyn is a town in Day County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 225 at the 2000 census.



Roslyn is located at 45°29′47″N 97°29′27″W / 45.49639°N 97.49083°W / 45.49639; -97.49083 (45.496323, -97.490960)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.

Roslyn has been assigned the ZIP code 57261 and the FIPS place code 56380.


Roslyn is home to the International Vinegar Museum. [1] [2]


“Roslyn received its name from Old Roslyn, which was a post office and trading point established in 1882. H.H. Russell, the first postmaster, took the name Roslyn from his native city in Scotland,”[5] although a Norwegian name would have been more appropriate as most of the European settlers in the area were from Norway.

“In 1914, the Soo Line Railroad (Fairmount and Veblen Railway) was being built in the area. In order to secure the line for the community, settlers adjoining the proposed line raised $60,000. The coming of the railroad led to the selection of a new town site. On August 17, 1914, the New Roslyn was plotted and Main Street was established.”[5] Old Roslyn was eventually abandoned.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 225 people, 93 households, and 50 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,128.5 people per square mile (434.4/km²). There were 109 housing units at an average density of 546.7/sq mi (210.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.78% White, 1.78% African American and 0.44% Native American.

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