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Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carthage, South Dakota
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NGComets
N 44° 10.950 W 097° 42.538
14T E 603189 N 4892953
Quick Description: A small Catholic cemetery located just northeast of town with about 125 graves. Elevation 1439. One oddity about this cemetery is that the sign is at the back of the cemetery, not at the entrance.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 7/23/2013 8:06:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMHMBD
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Max Cacher
Views: 1

Long Description:
Carthage is a small community in the northwest corner of Miner County, South Dakota. It is not accessible from any major highways, but by two county roads.

The following is courtesy of the town’s website:
In 1882, a man by the name of Frank Ward came to Dakota Territory from Carthage, New York, to work with surveyors for the Western Town Site Company. He liked what he saw and brought his wife and daughter from NY to live here. Originally the town site was on the bank of the Redstone Creek, but it was decided that a better location was to be had so the buildings were moved to the present location.
Ward persuaded the Company to name the town after his hometown in NY. J. A. Windedahl homesteaded the land that is the site of the town but sold it to the Western Town Site Company of which Ward, founder of the city was in charge.

Ward named the streets for his brothers, Franklin, Thomas, Buell, and Harris. Because of this honor, Ward said he would reserve a lot and present it to the first born boy born in Carthage. A son arrived at the James Coughlin home in time to claim the lot and the boy was named Carthage James Coughlin. Mabel Rodney was the first girl born in the town.

At the age of 6 months, Carthage had a population of 250, 34 businesses, and a school among other entities.

On June 10, 1910, a fire struck the business district. Half of the businesses in town were burned to the ground. The town rebuilt and is today a small, but modestly thriving community. Current population is about 140.
City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Not listed

Approximate number of graves: Not listed

Cemetery Status: Not listed

Cemetery Website: Not listed

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