Camp Crook, South Dakota

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Camp Crook is an incorporated small town in Harding County, South Dakota, United States, on the Little Missouri River. Originally named Wickhamville, after one of the original founding families, the town was renamed in April 1883 when the Cheyennes assumed a threatening attitude and their agent called upon the commanding officer of Fort Custer for protection. Major Carrol was dispatched with Troops B, D, and M of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Regiment to the Tongue River Agency, where they established Camp Crook. The population was 56 at the 2000 census.

Camp Crook is the birth place of the famous bucking horse, Tipperary. A depiction of the first ride of Tipperary can be seen in the Corner Bar and Cafe in Camp Crook.

The Town celebrated 125 years of existence in August 2008 during the annual county fair. It is the oldest town in the county and is the largest town west of the Little Missouri River in South Dakota. The Custer National Forest, with its Sioux Ranger District office, also celebrated 100 years of having a presence in Camp Crook in 2008.


Camp Crook is located at 45°32′59″N 103°58′31″W / 45.54972°N 103.97528°W / 45.54972; -103.97528 (45.549727, -103.975307)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

Camp Crook has been assigned the ZIP code 57724 and the FIPS place code 09260.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 56 people, 28 households, and 15 families residing in the town. The population density was 406.4 people per square mile (154.4/km²). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 370.1/sq mi (140.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.21% White and 1.79% Native American.

There were 28 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 44.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,178. There were 18.2% of families and 17.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 33.3% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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