Kadoka is the county seat of Jackson County located in West-Central South Dakota right along interstate 90 and just minutes from the Badlands. Kadoka is also less than one and a half hours from the Black Hills, State Capital, and Missouri River.
Welcome to the Jackson - Kadoka Economic Development Corporation. We are a nonprofit organization for the development and promotion of Jackson County and the City of Kadoka, South Dakota.
Quality of life is very important to the Kadoka and Jackson County area. This is apparent from the high level of services provided in our small community. We will strive to continue to provide our residents with these services and offer increased economic security and opportunity to our residents. We are a small town with small town values and friendly people, but just close enough to urban areas to make it convenient.
The City of Kadoka was originally named Willard but was eventually renamed Kadoka, which originated from "Hodoka", meaning "Hole in the Wall". The Indians thought Kadoka was a fitting name because it sits at the mouth of a gap leading into the Badlands. With a population of 760 in Kadoka, there's a town to welcome those entering Badland territory.
The Train Depot was built in the spring of 1907, and town lots were sold on April 7, 1907. Kadoka was incorporated on May 4, 1908, and the Independent School District was organized in July of 1908. The High School building was dedicated two years later with grades 1st thru 10th being taught. In 1913, 11th grade was added, followed by the 12th grade. The present school building was built twenty-six years later. On July 28th, 1916 the County Court House was dedicated in Kadoka, as an election was held to determine the county seat and Kadoka received 410 of the 610 votes cast.
If we can be of any assistance to you or your business please let us know.
Jackson-Kadoka Economic Development Corporation
PO Box 71
Kadoka, SD 57543