Three Forks, South Dakota
Three Forks is a small unincorporated community in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. It lies at the intersection of U.S. Routes 16 and 385, just north of Hill City along Spring Creek. A small general store featuring fuel is open year-round and other businesses are open seasonally, including a campground, a motel, a miniature golf-course, and an ice-cream stand. The campground is the site of an annual Octoberfest event, and the area is heavily patronized during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August of each year. In recent years, considerable residential development of the immediate area has swollen its population.
From Three Forks:
- East (US 16) to the Keystone Wye and Rapid City.
- North (US 385) to Sheridan Lake, Lead, and Deadwood.
- South (US 16 and US 385 multiplexed) to Hill City, and Custer.
Three Forks is one of several places in the Black Hills where there are two routes indicated by highway signage directing travelers to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Major intersections in the Black Hills are frequently named, whether there are communities at the locations or not. See also Keystone Wye, Four Corners, Wyoming, Maverick Junction, South Dakota, Mule Creek Junction, Wyoming, Cheyenne Crossing, South Dakota, Four Mile, South Dakota, and Carlisle Junction, Wyoming.
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Reference: personal knowledge of the location, 1965-1972, and 1990-Present, SD Department of Transportation archives.Last modified on 30 September 2012, at 16:55