Rowena, South Dakota

Coordinates: 43°31′08″N 96°33′22″W / 43.51889°N 96.55611°W / 43.51889; -96.55611
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Rowena (pronounced "roh-WEE'-nuh"[1]) is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States.[2] The population of the CDP was 68 at the 2020 census.[3] It is located along South Dakota Highway 42.

Rowena is located at 43°31′08″N 96°33′22″W / 43.51889°N 96.55611°W / 43.51889; -96.55611,[2] just over one mile north of the border with Iowa, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Sioux Falls, and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of the Minnesota border, at an elevation of 1,437 feet.[2] The ZIP Code is 57056.

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Two of South Dakota's tallest structures are located near Rowena: the 1,999 ft (609.2 meters) high KDLT Tower, and the slightly shorter KELO TV Tower.


The community has the name of Rowena, a character in the novel Ivanhoe.[4] The city was founded by the Illinois Central Railroad when it was extended to that point.

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  1. ^ "Broadcast Pronunciation Guide and South Dakota Pronunciations". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rowena, South Dakota
  3. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau: Rowena CDP, South Dakota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 59.