Dell Rapids

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Dell Rapids is located only 30 minutes north of Sioux Falls.  Dell Rapids is a community with a historic hotel, scenic overlooks, 3 city parks and many other recreational activities.  The population of Dell Rapids is approximately 3,000.  Located off of I-29, it makes Sioux Falls very accessible to the residents of Dell Rapids.

History of Dell Rapids

Dell Rapids is rich in history dating back to 1871. The historic district consists of 39 buildings on Main Street, the towns primary business center. The most striking factor of the district is the use of rose colored quartzite as a facing material on almost all buildings. The majority of the buildings were built before 1903 and several have been restored to their turn of the century elegance, offering unique gifts, entertainment, and dining opportunities.

Three of the most outstanding buildings are:

The Opera House, built in 1888, presently restored to its original use, has a Romanesque Revival appearance, round-headed windows and a highly decorative stepped cornice.

The First National Bank Building, built in 1889, located on the corner of Orleans and Fourth Street, features a three-tiered tower, an arched entry, wrought iron balcony with double doors on the second level, and miniature crenellated towers on the third level.

The Smith Block, built in 1888, located at 400-404 Fourth Street, presently houses the Dells Museum and other offices. It reflects Victorian Romanesque design. Checkerboard stonework with vertical and diagonal masonry adorns the cornice line with a polygonal tower at the corner.

A leisurely stroll down Dell Rapids Main Street is sure to kindle thoughts of days gone by. Stop by any uptown Chamber member for a Circle Tour brochure to further enjoy the architectural history of the area.

Our primary attraction is of course, the beautiful and majestic Dells of the Big Sioux River. A convenient walking trail with picnic areas follows the river, allowing the visitor to enjoy the beautiful scenery at his or her own pace. Whether you choose to picnic, hike, shop, or just plain relax with the soothing sound of the rushing rapids, we know you'll have a day you'll not soon forget.


The quarry is a "must see" when you come to Dell Rapids. Located in the southeastern part of town [follow 7th St East] you can't miss it.

Rose Quartzite is the rock crushed and shipped to most of the Midwest states. On a scale of 1- 10 [diamond], this rock is 7.5. Some of the hardest in the world. And because of it's beautiful rose color, is shipped all over the world.

Another unique feature of this mine, it has it's own railway. QUARRY DAYS, a yearly event in Dell Rapids, sees many visitors taking the half our train ride through the quarry.

The profitability of the company is enhanced by crushing the quartzite, loading on railway cars, and transporting to many mid-western states. Because of the hardness of this crushed rock, it is added to cement for roads in order to meet hardness qualifications.

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Upcoming Events in Dell Rapids

DATE EVENT Description Location Time
March 26 Easter Egg Hunt

2000 candy and toy filled eggs!

Three age groups:

1-3, 4-6, 7-9 year olds

Also making their appearance is Mr. Long Ears and real little bunnies for cute Easter professional pictures by LaCoursiere Photography

City Park 1:00 pm
April 5 Quarry Days Meeting   Chamber Office 10 pm
April 5 Quarterly Meeting   Chamber Office 5 pm
June 10-11 Cootie Days Annual Community Carnival City Park  
June 24-26 Quarry Days Annual Citywide Celebration City Park Calendar
July Quarterly Meeting      
August Crazy Days Annual Business Sidewalk Sales Downtown  
October Quarterly Meeting      
December 2-4 Christmas at the Dells Annual Christmas Celebration Downtown  
December Dell Rapids Polar Express Annual Train Ride Extravaganza 4th & Garfield  
January Annual Dinner & Meeting Chamber Sponsored Business Dinner and Meeting    
February Farm & Home Show Annual Business Booths & Pancake Feed DR Elementary Gymnasium  
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