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About AberdeenArikara Indians inhabited northeastern South Dakota in 1880, the year the prairie settlement of Aberdeen was founded. Two early residents went on to notable literary careers. Wisconsin-born Hamlin Garland, whose family moved to a succession of homesteads in South Dakota and Iowa, was a short story writer and lecturer whose “A Son of the Middle Border”—an autobiography as well as a history of westward expansion—was published in serial installments before coming out as a book in 1917. Its sequel memoir, “A Daughter of the Middle Border,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1922.

Even better known is author L. Frank Baum, a New Yorker who relocated to Aberdeen in 1888. Baum ran the town's weekly newspaper, The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer, for four years before moving on to Chicago and finding fame as a writer of children's books with “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” first in a series of magical adventures about an emerald city and other faraway places.

Visitor Centers Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 10 Railroad Ave. S.W. Suite 101 Aberdeen, SD 57402. Phone:(605)225-2414 or (800)645-3851

Things to Do Aberdeen Aquatic Center

Dacotah Prairie Museum

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Aberdeen, SD

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