Wewela, South Dakota

Wewela (Lakota: wiwíla;[2] "A spring") is an unincorporated community in Tripp County, South Dakota, United States. Wewela is located on U.S. Route 183 near the Nebraska border south of Colome.

Wewela, South Dakota

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United Church of Christ in Wewela, South Dakota
United Church of Christ in Wewela, South Dakota
Wewela, South Dakota is located in South Dakota
Wewela, South Dakota
Wewela, South Dakota
Coordinates: 43°00′38″N 99°46′51″W / 43.01056°N 99.78083°W / 43.01056; -99.78083Coordinates: 43°00′38″N 99°46′51″W / 43.01056°N 99.78083°W / 43.01056; -99.78083
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyTripp
Elevation
2,136 ft (651 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total5
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57578
Area code(s)605
GNIS feature ID1258935[1]

The community most likely was named for springs near the original town site, Wewela meaning "small spring" in the Sioux language.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 563.
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 68.