Why Did Pollock Move Entire Town?
So you're sitting at your kitchen table with your family enjoying a delicious supper. There comes a knock on the door, and your neighbor says you have to move. Why? you ask. Well, because your neighbor has to move too. And so do the other neighbors. And the businesses. And the school. And the church.
The town is on the move. Literally.
Welcome to Pollack, South Dakota, 241 people strong according to the 2010 census, proudly situated in Campbell County. Oh, and where it is now? Well, that isn't where it always was!
Founded in 1901, Pollack was doing plum fine, thank you...that was until the early 1950's. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers decided to build a dam on the Missouri River, which would create Lake Oahe. The problem (yes, in those days we called it a 'problem', not a 'challenge') was, well, uh...Pollack was in the way. The town would be flooded. The town would be somewhere in the waters of Lake Oahe.
Well, that wouldn't do.
So on January 27, 1953 the town folks decided to move the town, about a mile south, and up on a hill. Now, of course, you don't just take a couple hours and move an entire town of course. So the official groundbreaking of 'New Pollock' took place on June 4, 1955...and then it happened.
Here comes the elevator, the lumber yard and a one-legged water tower. Up goes two new churches, a new school. Homes were moved or new ones built. The old town site was leveled and a new 60 acre park was built. A new cheese plant was secured and one of the 'up sides' of the new dam? Well, it created several new recreational areas.
Oh, and one more unique thing about Pollock....It celebrated it's Centennial in 2001...and the new town celebrated it's half-century in 2005!
So if you're headed to Pollack, it moved. But it's only abut a mile south or so, there, up on the hill.
Read more about the history of this unique South Dakota town here.