Tabor, South Dakota

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Tabor (pronounced "TAY'-bur"[4]) is a town in Bon Homme County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 417 at the 2000 census.



The first Czech immigrants started arriving in Dakota Territory in 1868, and settled west of Yankton. These poor people from Bohemia came to America with hope of improving their living conditions and attaining a better future. The majority of Czech's settled around Tabor. Being mostly of the catholic faith, their first concern was to organize a religious community. Church services first started taking place in 1871 at the log home of Vaclav Janda, one mile south of Tabor. The town site of Tabor was purchased from Johanna Kocer on April 14, 1872. In that same year, work began at the north end of the site for the first church of the St. Wenceslaus parish. The church was completed in 1874, and was constructed of chalk rock cut near the Missouri River south of Tabor. The chalk rock church was quickly outgrown, and a new 42 X 132 red brick church was built in 1898. The brick church still serves as the House of the Lord for today's parishioners. Since St. Wenceslaus Church is the only church in a town of 400 people, parish activities and functions are social highlights for the community.


Tabor is located at 42°56′52″N 97°39′29″W / 42.94778°N 97.65806°W / 42.94778; -97.65806 (42.947641, -97.658104)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.

Tabor has been assigned the ZIP code 57063 and the FIPS place code 62820.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 417 people, 188 households, and 124 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,147.4 people per square mile (447.2/km²). There were 201 housing units at an average density of 553.1/sq mi (215.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.52% White, and 0.48% from two or more races.

There were 188 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% 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 2.81.

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