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Brookings County, South Dakota

57006, 57007

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Statistics & Facts

The South Dakota state capital is Pierre.
The population of Brookings is approximately 18,504 (2000), 22056 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,012 (1990), 8159 (2010).
The amount of land area in Brookings is 26.942 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.165 sq kilometers.
The distance from Brookings to Washington DC is 1147 miles.
The distance to the South Dakota state capital is 190 miles. (as the crow flies)
Brookings is positioned 44.30 degrees north of the equator and 96.78 degrees west of the prime meridian.
The city tree is the Flowering Crabapple.
The Brookings city color is Red and Black.


on Interstate 29 and US Highway 14 on South Dakota's eastern seaboard just 50 miles north of Sioux Falls.
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History & History Related Items

Here is a history page for Brookings.

Brookings history goes back as far as 1500 BC. The waters of the Big Sioux River brought many wandering peoples to this area throughout time. Lakes, such as Oakwood Lakes and Lake Campbell, were also a drawing card. The plentiful water also brought abundant wildlife to the area, which, in turn, helped support the people who also arrived.

The city and the county were both named for Wilmot W. Brookings, one of the first settlers in the Dakota Territory. He came in June of 1857. He settled in Sioux Falls on 27 August 1857. Later, he toward the Yankton area to check an area which was to be ceded by the Native Americans there. Beginning the trip in January of 1858, they were soon set upon by a heavy blizzard, the result of which was the amputation of both of Brookings feet. Not to be deterred, Brookings continued settle the area, eventually becoming a leader in a number of government entities. He was highly respected by the people of the area. He came to the Brookings area as superintendent of a road from the Minnesota border west to the Missouri River near Ft. Pierre. The town and county were named for him in his honor and out of respect for all he did in the settlement of this area.
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More Information on Brookings

The home of South Dakota State University

State Agricultural Heritage Museum

South Dakota Art Museum

McCrory Gardens:

Brookings Summer Arts Festival
annual event featuring a juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, continuous main stage and strolling entertainment, and a children's area with fun and educational activities. July 14 and 15, 2001, in Brookings, SD.
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Brookings Chamber

Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 431
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone:(605) 692-6125
Toll-free: (800) 699-6125

Brookings Community News

The Brookings Register Online

Brookings Organizations

Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 431
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone:(605) 692-6125
Toll-free: (800) 699-6125

Brookings Libraries

Brookings Public Library

Hilton Briggs Library
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD Brookings


The population of Brookings was:
1990 - 16,270
2000 - 18,504

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