Burdock, South Dakota
Wire on wood sign marking the location of Burdock
Location of Burdock in South Dakota.
Coordinates: 43°27′13.21″N 103°59′35.16″W / 43.4536694°N 103.9931000°W / 43.4536694; -103.9931000Coordinates: 43°27′13.21″N 103°59′35.16″W / 43.4536694°N 103.9931000°W / 43.4536694; -103.9931000
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountyFall River
3,642 ft (1,110 m)
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-8590
GNIS feature ID1265622[1]

Burdock is an uninhabited ghost town in Argentine Township in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States.

According to the Federal Writers' Project, the origin of the name Burdock is obscure.[2]


At this location is the intersection of Fall River County Highway 6463 (Dewey Road) and Township Road B (Argentine Road and Burdock Road).[3] A BNSF Railway line parallels the county highway. In the county's square mile designation, Burdock is closest to 103rd Avenue and 273rd Street. Burdock's nearest neighbors are Dewey to the northwest and Edgemont to the southeast. The border with the state of Wyoming is three miles west, and the Black Hills National Forest extends around the site some three miles to the north, east, and south. The ghost town lies just to the southwest of the Elk Mountains, a small range that is part of the Black Hills. Burdock appears on the South Dakota highway map[4] and Black Hills National Forest map.[5]

Sign marking Burdock, South Dakota
Sign marking Burdock, South Dakota


Uranium was found in the area in 1952. It was first produced as early as 1954 by a local group known as Triangle Mining Co., a subsidiary of Edgemont Mining Co. Production consisted of a single, shallow open pit. Triangle Mining also drove an adit from both sides of an exposed ridge to mine a narrow orebody. In about 1960 Susquehanna Western Corp discovered shallow resources sufficient to warrant open pit mining in five or six pits less than 100' deep. Production is estimated to have been approximately 200,000 lbs of uranium oxide. In early 2012, Powertech (USA) Inc. (now called Azarga Uranium Corp.) submitted a proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to begin mining again.[6][7]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Burdock, South Dakota
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 29.
  3. ^ "Map : Fall River County Roads" (PDF). Fallriver.sdcounties.org. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  4. ^ "Department of Transportation" (PDF). Sddot.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  5. ^ "Map : Southern Hills" (PDF). Fs.usda.gov. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  6. ^ Graves, Douglass H.; Cutler, Steve (29 January 2015). "Preliminary Economic Assessment Dewey-Burdock Uranium ISR Project South Dakota, USA" (pdf). Azarga Uranium Corporation. Greenwood Village, CO. p. 32. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ Olin M. Hart (1968) "Uranium in the Black Hills", in Ore Deposits in the United States, 1933-1967, New York: American Institute of Mining Engineers, p.832-837.