The City of Presho
Presho is a charming little town of 588 people located in central South Dakota. Presho was named after J.S. Presho, an early settler from New York who arrived in the area in 1858. The main economy here is farming, followed by pheasant hunting. An elderly local man tells of the 1940’s, when he said there were the most pheasants ever in Lyman County, and you could close your eyes when you shot and still hit a pheasant. Pheasants have been here in droves for many years, and the habitat has been well-managed to preserve for the pheasants.
There are a lot of fun things about our location, such as being on the same block as the local tavern and bowling alley. The bowling alley serves great food, from hand-pattied thick burgers, to perfectly grilled steaks, and they’ve got a great selection of ice cold beer and wine in their sports bar. It’s fun to look at all of the local game mounts on the walls too, or bowl a couple games with your friends. Want to go have a drink and socialize with other hunters in town and locals but don’t want to drive? No problem here! It’s just a block away! Our hunters also enjoy sitting out front of the lodge, watching how our small town runs. It’s a bit like the TV “Cheers”, where everybody knows your name.
When you want a more private setting, the lodge is spacious and has a large private backyard complete with grills, tables and chairs, along with room for you to hang out with your dogs, if you choose.
There are two original fueling and service station buildings behind the lodge that were built around 1905. We have done our best to maintain the look of them, as we think they are very interesting and historic. We are happy to do our part to preserve some of the history of Presho! A White Eagle gas station used to be located in these buildings, and the gravel road that runs east and west along them was the old highway back in the day. You can imagine all the old cars coming through, getting fueled up by the attendant, windows washed, oil checked. You’ll notice a carving of an eagle – that was specifically made to look like the original White Eagle that graced the old gas stations. We intend to make one of these buildings into a “History Station”, where we invite people to come down and tell their stories of days gone by, and we record them and preserve them.
Presho used to have a railroad that came through town regularly. It stopped running a few years back, but the state just received a $12 million grant to get the $28 million project rolling to bring the trains back to Presho again. Lyman County grows wheat, corn, milo, and sunflowers, and the trains will provide a more cost-effective method of transportation of these grains out of the county.
School activities are very popular in Lyman County! The whole town shows up Friday nights at the Raider high school football games, and follows the basketball, volleyball, cross country, golf, wrestling, baseball and track teams. Our kids are very important to us around here, and our small town is great at supporting them! We have many state championships, to include the State Basketball Championship in 1990, where Ringnecks owner Stephan Stanley started as a point guard. On a summer day you’ll find kids riding their bikes around town, playing at our fantastic park and recreation area, or in the swimming pool. It’s a safe place here – no one locks their house or their cars, our kids are safe walking to school by themselves, and everyone keeps an eye out for each other. If you don’t know what your kid is doing, someone else does!
Pheasant hunting season is Presho’s busiest time of the year, and the town puts a lot of effort into preparing for the rush of hunters. You’re important to our economy, and we like to treat you that way!
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A 50% deposit (per hunter) is due at the time of booking to hold dates. Deposits are non-refundable.