The state bird of South Dakota is the ring-necked pheasant, which was introduced to the state in the early 1900s.
Faulk County, South Dakota, is a region with a rich and vibrant history. The land that would become Faulk County was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Sioux Nation. European settlers began arriving in the late 1800s, attracted by the fertile soil and vast grazing lands.

In 1883, Faulk County was officially organized, named after territorial governor Andrew Jackson Faulk. The county's early economy was primarily based on agriculture, with settlers establishing farms and ranches. Wheat, corn, and cattle became the backbone of the county's economy, and the construction of railroads in the area facilitated trade and transportation.

The early 20th century brought growth and development to Faulk County. Towns such as Faulkton, the county seat, became bustling centers of commerce, providing goods and services to the surrounding rural communities. In 1922, the Prairie Pioneer newspaper was founded in Faulkton, becoming an important source of information for residents of the county.

Like many agricultural communities, Faulk County faced challenges during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Severe drought and poor farming practices led to widespread soil erosion and economic hardships. However, the resilience of the community allowed them to rebound and adapt to changing conditions.

Today, Faulk County continues to be an agricultural hub, focusing on crop farming, cattle ranching, and other agricultural activities. With its open prairies, historical sites, and tight-knit communities, Faulk County remains a place deeply connected to its rural heritage while embracing modern advancements.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Faulk County, South Dakota.

  • 1873 - Faulk County was officially established.
  • 1882 - First post office was opened in Faulkton.
  • 1886 - The first railroad, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Omaha Railway, was completed in Faulk County.
  • 1887 - Faulk County's first newspaper, the Faulk County Record, was established.
  • 1890 - Faulk County's population reached 3,276 residents.
  • 1905 - Construction of the county courthouse and jail was completed.
  • 1937 - The Great Depression caused significant economic hardship in Faulk County.
  • 1965 - A tornado struck Faulkton, causing significant damage to the town.
  • 1973 - Faulk County celebrated its centennial.
  • 1994 - The Faulk County Historical Society was established.
  • 2010 - The population of Faulk County was recorded at 2,364 residents.