Batesland, South Dakota

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Batesland is a town in Shannon County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 88 at the 2000 census.



The survey of the town site of Batesland was made in the year of 1920 by Paul E. Brown, Deputy State surveyor of South Dakota, at the instance of A.L. Krause and O.C. Anderson, founders of the town. The plat of the town and the certificate and dedication was filed for record in the register of deeds office at Hot Springs on August 18, 1922. The town was named in honor of Charles H. Bates of Yankton, who was awarded the government contract to survey Pine Ridge Reservation by the late Richard Hughes of Rapid City, then United States Surveyor General. The first lots sold were on Jan. 8, 1923, to E.J. Tellifero, who erected the first building on the town site that year and opened a store. He was the first postmaster and conducted the affairs of the office in his store building. The original town site covered 80 acres (320,000 m2). The streets running east and west were numbered from one to four consecutively beginning at U.S. Route 18 on the north. The streets running north and south were named, beginning with the section line, Ash, Beech, Cedar, and Dakota. In 1929 the first addition to Batesland was surveyed and platted. This was laid out by William Weaver, and called Weavers’ Addition to Batesland. The addition joined the original town site on the east.


Batesland is located at 43°7′40″N 102°6′6″W / 43.12778°N 102.10167°W / 43.12778; -102.10167 (43.127654, -102.101734)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Batesland has been assigned the ZIP code 57716, and the FIPS place code 03860.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 88 people, 30 households, and 24 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,136.7 people per square mile (424.7/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 439.2/sq mi (164.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 13.64% White and 86.36% Native American.

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