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Tabor, South Dakota is located 80
miles northwest of Sioux City, Iowa; 100 miles southwest of Sioux Falls; 65
miles southeast of Mitchell; 18 miles northwest of Yankton; and 11 miles east
of Tyndall. Lewis and Clark Lake and
Tabor Recreation facilities are located 8 miles southeast of Tabor.
Tabor has a population of 423
townspeople according to the 2010 census and approximately 350 rural residents
in the surrounding area. The town was
born at noon on April 15, 1872, with 53 charter members organizing its
Tabor is primarily located in the NE
1/4 of Section 23, Township 94, Range 58 of Bon Homme County, South
Dakota. The county was one of the first
four counties organized in Dakota Territory.
The county became organized in 1862.
The surface of the country in Bon
Homme County consists of rolling land with river and creek bluffs. The soil is a productive black loam and chief
products are corn, soy beans, alfalfa hay, oats, wheat, vegetables, fruits,
barley, and rye. Bon Homme County has
Lewis and Clark Lake (Missouri River) for the southern boundary; it adjoins
Yankton County on the east, Hutchinson County on the north, and Charles Mix
County on the west. It is comprised of
17 congressional townships and an area of approximately 540 square miles or
The majority of the citizens of the
area in and around Tabor are of southern Bohemia, Czech Republic or Slovakian
Decent. The primary occupation of the
citizens revolves around the agriculture industry. The citizens are predominately Roman
Tabor boasts of having three public
parks, Leonard Cimpl Park-Baseball; Takota Park with picnicking, playground,
sand volleyball, basketball and tennis and softball facilities; and Vancura
Memorial Park-Czech Heritage pioneer mini-village. Included as points of interest are the Czech
Heritage Historical buildings, the Blachnik Museum, and St. Wenceslaus Catholic
Church. Czech Days, the huge heritage
celebration, is held on the third weekend in June each year.
All of Tabor's streets are hard
surfaced and it has an underground water storage tank that receives its water
from the B-Y Rural Water Plant located south of town. The electricity is purchased from Bon
Homme-Yankton Electric Association, a rural electric cooperative located in
Tabor. It also has new sewage
facilities. It is a local call from
Tabor to Tyndall and from Tabor to Yankton.
Web sites to visit:
Town of Tabor: www.taborsd.com
Czech Days: www.taborczechdays.com
St. Wenceslaus Church: www.stwenceslaus-tabor.com/
Library of Congress www.lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/SD/200003530.html
YouTube Tabor Czech Days
Bon Homme School: http://www.bonhomme.k12.sd.us/
Tabor, South Dakota
(Just 15 miles west of Yankton)
CZECH HERITAGE PRESERVATION SOCIETY,
INC.---AUTHENTIC MINI CZECH VILLAGE
-- (For a one hour Guided Building Interior Tour call
605-463-2476) or Take a self-guided half hour walking tour outside the
buildings of the village.
BLACHNIK MUSEUM -- (For a half hour tour
call 605-463-2391) The museum is located in
the original Blachnik one room rural schoolhouse. The contents of the museum
consist of unique handmade items of the late Emil Blachnik and are adjacent to
east side of Vancura Park across the alley.
ST. WENCESLAUS CATHOLIC CHURCH
new church, which is 42 feet wide by 132 feet long, is constructed of pressed
brick. The cost of the construction of the church was $15,304.51 not including
the volunteer hours put in by the parishioners.
The cost for the interior furnishings amounted to about $4,000. Bishop O’Gorman did consecration of the new
church building in 1899.
church is located one block north of Vancura Park. Take a half hour tour of the church and stop
and meditate for a few minutes.
ST. WENCESLAUS CZECH CEMETERY – The
cemetery is located adjacent to the east of the St. Wenceslaus Church. The cemetery dates back to 1869 with many of
the tombstones written in Czech. Also
view the many wrought iron tombstones.
The cemetery covers a little more than one half of a city block.
ZCBJ CZECH CEMETERY – A small
rural Czech Cemetery located one fourth mile South of Tabor on the east side of
SD HWY 50 (427TH Avenue).
PRESBYTERIAN CZECH CEMETERY – A rural
cemetery located from Tabor four miles west on SD HWY 50 then approximately one
mile north on 423rd Avenue.
PTAK CZECH CEMETERY – The
small rural Ptak Czech Cemetery is located from Tabor, two miles South on SD
HWY 50 then one mile west on SD HWY 52 and then ½ mile north on 426th
HOMME NATIONAL CEMETERY
– A rural English, German, and Czech cemetery located
on the bluffs of Lewis and Clark Lake one half mile west of the original
location of the pioneer town of Bon Homme.
The Bon Homme Cemetery is located from Tabor, two miles South on SD HWY
50 then five and one half miles west on SD HWY 52 then South two miles on Apple
Tree Road and then west one mile on Apple Tree Road. The cemetery was established in 1859. There are graves, which have some of General
George A. Custer’s men buried there when he passed through in 1873 on his way
to the Little Big Horn.
FIRST SCHOOL IN DAKOTA TERRITORY
monument and log replica of the first schoolhouse built in Dakota Territory is
located one mile east of the Bon Homme National Cemetery.
CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (POLISH
– A small rural Polish cemetery located from Tabor,
three miles east on 306th Street, then north for three miles on 430th
Avenue on the west side of the road.
CEMETERY – A
small rural Czech cemetery located from Tabor, three miles east on 306th
Street, then north two miles on 430th Avenue, then east for two miles
at Joe’s Substation on 304th Street, then South on 432nd
Avenue for one fourth mile.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHALKROCK CZECH AND GERMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CEMETERY – is
located from Tabor, two miles South on SD HWY 50, then four miles east on SD
HWY 50, then one half mile north on 431st Avenue then one half mile
west, past the farm, on Lake Port Church Road.
NEDVED CZECH CEMETERY – A small
rural Czech cemetery located from Tabor, two miles South on SD HWY 50, then
five miles east on SD HWY 50, then north one and one half miles on 432nd
Avenue located on the east side of the road.
Czech Heritage Preservation Society
The Czech Heritage Preservation Society was formed in 1974 and has been incorporated as a Non-profit Society in South Dakota. The business and purpose of this corporation is to establish and maintain an educational society to discover and memorialize the history of contributions by persons of Czechoslovakian ancestry to the building and maintenance of the United States of America by preserving and studying their history, traditions, and cultural contributions to the United States of America and further to discover, purchase, commission and otherwise procure, and to publish or otherwise preserve historical, traditional and customary related writings, newpapers, journals and the like, which shed light on such history and further to discover, procure and preserve physical objects that may relate to the said history of Americans and Czecholovakian ancestry and further to establish and maintain a museum on land owned or leased by the society and to hold regular meetings and other activities for the recreation and nation of the United States of America. the Czech Society owns the entire museum site in Tabor and is restoring the same and soliciting for Czech artifacts therefore. The Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc. has been designated as an Auxiliary of the South Dakota Historical Society.
The Czech Heritage Preservation Society of Tabor, SD is pormoting a "Heritage Walk" on the grounds of the Vancura Memorial Park Mini Czech Village. The 4" x 8" engraved bricks will be laid side by side to create a two foot wide paved walkway through the park. The walk is a means of recognizing businesses and organizations, ancestors, individuals and families or as a memorial and in turn helping to preserve and maintain the park and its buildings. The "Heritage Walk" will begin at the memorial monument in the center or the park and progress to buildings located in the park.