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Kadoka Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 45 photos

Bright Lining in a cloud over Kadoka

Kadoka is a small town over slightly more than 700 people. It is located next to the I-90 highway in the south central part of South Dakota in the United States. It can be easily reached by exit (American term for junction) 150 and 152 on I-90.

I stayed here by chance as during the first week of August. The town of Sturgis, which is about 100 mi. (160 km) away, has a very large motorcycle convention. All the hotels in Rapid City, the largest city in the area, as well as all the hotels that I contacted in the southwestern part of the state were fully booked. A nice lady in the South Dakota tourist office near the South Dakota-Iowa border (eastern part of the state) suggesting contacting small family owned motels. I found one with a vacancy in Kadoka, 100 mi. away from Sturgis. Even then, a few motorcyclists were staying in Kadoka.

South Dakota is one of the few American states that does not impose a state income tax. The federal government in Washington, DC imposes a federal income tax. Some states charge 2-3% to as much as 11% or more of tax on one's income.

Kadoka is a nice place to visit. It isn't very big. One can cover the town fairly quickly as a result. It is difficult to get lost because the streets are arranged in a grid pattern. There are 2 major streets, the business loop I-90 (different from the main I-90 highway) and the main street perpendicular (90 angle to) the business loop.

It is possible that a resident of Kadoka may find the town very boring with little to do. However, in my short stay, I found the town charming and with more to do than most towns that have about 700 people. The Depot Museum one of the highlights of the town. The nearby missile silo and launch control facility and Badlands National Park are also worthwhile to see. Of course, Mount Rushmore, the mountain with the heads of 4 U.S. Presidents carved on to the mountain, is about 100 miles away.

  • Last visit to Kadoka: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • AustinD's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    the Milwaukee road stopped operating trains into Kadoka in 1980 Then they were abandoned
    faced with the loss of 50% percent of SD railroads the State of south Dakota bought the tracks
    In 1988 The Dakota Southern Railway reopened the line from Mitchell to Kadoka under a state lease and operated at least until 1991 in 2002 they were cut at Vivian with the US 81 Expansions and there
    hastened been trains since but the tracks are still owned by the state of SD and still leased to Dakota
    southern and they are making plans to return trains to kadoka

  • Sagespot's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 2:00 PM

    Now THAT is an excellent photo of Kadoka!! You have so many more tips than I do - now I have a ton of stuff to see when I go back. I'll make sure to stop at the Depot Museum. Thanks! Cheers - Sage


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