Carthage Is ...

A Community
For the residents of Carthage, the town's small size is its allure. It is a town where neighbors can rely on one another, where citizens can feel secure, and where a quality way of life can be achieved. Escape crime, pollution, and the plagues of big city life in Carthage, SD. 

General Information
The community of Carthage is a great place to live and visit. Its friendly atmosphere entices visitors and enchants residents. Learn more about what makes this quaint town such a charming place.

Population: 132 (based on 2017 Census) 
Carthage is located in central eastern South Dakota. It is the second largest town in Miner County. 
Driving distance from major South Dakota cities (in miles): 
Huron — 40 
Madison — 41 
Mitchell — 48 
Brookings — 64 
Watertown — 80 
Sioux Falls — 90 
Yankton — 108 
Aberdeen — 141 
Vermillion — 148 
Rapid City — 324 
Carthage is home to Lake Carthage, a man-made lake which offers fishing, swimming, boating, and camping. 
Major Industries 
Carthage's industries, like most of the surrounding area, are highly dependent on agriculture. 
Carthage's family-owned businesses are trustworthy and friendly, always willing to go the extra mile for their loyal customers. This directory will provide you with all the information you'll need to get in touch with the hospitable merchants of the area. 
What Carthage's businesses lack in size, they make up for in service. Business owners in Carthage are willing to go the extra mile for their customers. We invite you to enjoy the hospitality and hometown friendliness of Carthage's businesses. 

Farmers Elevator Co.
441 E. Main St. 
PO Box 125 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-4402 

The Carthage Farmers Elevator  buys and sells grain. Also available are all types of feed and seed 
Until the early 1970's grain was picked up at the elevator by train. Most of the grain picked up by train was corn, wheat, rye, oats and barley. Currently the elevator uses the old train depot to store feed. 

American Bank and Trust 
201 E. Main St. 
PO Box 126 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-4477 
 American Bank and Trust, located on Main Street in Carthage, was chartered in 1907. In 1986 this bank merged with Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Iroquois when it was purchased from the Carthage Holding Company. In 1998 the building was remodeled and expanded to make a larger lobby area, teller area, computer area, a handicapped accessible ramp and outside deposit drop. 
The bank offers full banking services such as: FDIC insured free checking accounts, savings accounts, IRAs, Certificates of Deposit, bank by mail, loans ranging from agricultural to personal loans to commercial, and real estate loans. 

Prairie Inn Restaurant and Lounge 
131 E. Main St. 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-4245 

The Prairie Inn is a Cafe offering Breakfast and Lunch. Let the Prairie Inn take care of your next meal. The establishment offers daily noon specials.
The Prairie Inn is open Daily 7am to 4pm.  It is owned by Melanie Hamilton.

The Caberet
130 E Main ST
Carthage, SD  57323
(605) 772-9792
 The Caberet is a Steakhouse and Lounge offering Burgers, Steaks, Dinners and a Salad Bar.  

The Cabaret is open Wednesday to Sunday starting at 4pm.  It is owned by Becca and Travis Grace.

Coughlin Inn 
260 Main Street W. 
(605) 772-4166 

Open year round, the Coughlin Inn features 6 tastefully decorated sleeping rooms with king or queen size beds. Affordable nightly rates or entire house available at attractive group rate. 

Carthage Post Office (USPS) 
PO Box 9998 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-4861 

Energy Dynamics 
121 W Hoyt St 
PO Box 172 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-5639  
(605) 772-4853 (fax) 
 For more information about Energy Dynamics, visit their website at  

Carthage Elevator
Energy Dynamics
Post Office
Carthage's two churches unite the community. Even if you don't attend church their presence in the town makes a positive impact on everyone.

Carthage's churches don't just function to provide religious instruction. They are cornerstones that help transform Carthage from a town into a community. Even for those who don't attend church, their presence in the community makes an impact and an improvement to everyone's lives. 
Carthage is home to two churches, 
Congregational UCC and Trinity Lutheran. 
Congregational UCC 
Box 144 
Carthage, SD 57323 
The Carthage United Church of Christ is served by Rev. Dick Poppen. The Carthage UCC was organized in 1886 and served a congregation who had no permanent meeting place. The building, still in use today, was originally built in Esmond, SD. It was bought by the Carthage Congregation and moved to it's present location in 1896. Renovations took place in 1913 with The Ladies Aid assuming responsibility for payment and making the decisions as to the changes. The local congregation observed one hundred years of services in this building in Carthage on the first Sunday of August 1996. The UCC Church Building was sold and turned into a private residence.  The Congregation now meets in the Community Room.  The UCC is an open Church and visitors are always welcome. 
Worship services are at 8:30 AM on Sundays. Hours of worship may vary due to weather conditions or scheduling. 
Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) 
200 S. Buell St. 
Carthage, SD 57323 
(605) 772-4137 
(605) 772-4146 (parsonage) 
Sunday worship and Sunday school are on a rotation basis with First Lutheran of Artesian and Immanuel Lutheran of rural Iroquois, which comprise the Prairie Lutheran Parish. Trinity Congregation and the Church building are the result of a merging of the Zion Lutheran (Swedish) and the Norwegian Lutheran Church in 1947. 
Please call for exact times for worship and Sunday school hours. 

Services and Orginizations

Carthage's many services and organizations are dedicated to serving, improving, and preserving the town's rich history and endearing way of life. The volunteers who serve the community strive to ensure Carthage fights the trend of small-town death and upholds a high standard of living.


Carthage City Library 
The Carthage Library was first started as a Book Club back in 1897, but was not really founded and organized as a City Library until 1918. At that time Mrs. E.B. Patten and Mrs. Earl Craft went before the City Council and asked for financial aid. They were allowed a gift of $125.00. 
The library has been moved several times and at the present time is located in it's new home at the Carthage Community Center that also houses the towns new fire hall. 
The library has a total of over 10,000 books, old and new, for children and adults and also offers computer and internet service. 
The library is open on Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 
Post Office 
The Carthage Post Office sits on the South side of Main Street. 
The old post office in Carthage burned down early in the morning on June 10, 2001, after being struck by lightning. A new post office was constructed soon after to continue service to the city of Carthage and surrounding rural areas.  
Carthage Ambulance Service 
The Carthage Ambulance service is run by a group of volunteer individuals dedicated to providing emergency services to those in need. 
Volunteer Fire Department 
The Carthage volunteer fire department serves an integral and important function in our community. The current chief, Grant Stevens and group of dedicated volunteer firemen are always there to assist the community. 
In 2004, Carthage received a new fire hall. 

Carthage Improvement Association 
The CIA, a non-profit organization, was formed in March 2000. This organization is dedicated to improving their community by meeting the needs of the current population, strengthening and supporting our existing businesses, identifying new business opportunities, developing and improving recreational facilities, beautifying the community and preserving the quality of life in the community. Membership is open to each entity in the city, a representative of each entity is to attend monthly meetings and report the activities of their organization to the Improvement Association. The CIA organization unifies the town and helps everyone work together towards a common goal. 
Carthage - A Gold Community 
The process of becoming a Gold Community was begun in the spring of 2000. Application was made on Aug. 7th and official designation was granted seven days later. On Sept. 14th Jay Johnson, of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, met with the local coordinators, mayor and other organization representatives to present an official plaque designating Carthage as one of the 100 Gold Communities in the state. Highway Gold Community Signs were placed at each entrance to the town in November of 2000. 

Pictured are Harriet Hattervig, Gold Coordinator; Lavonne Durant, CIA President; Joe Pederson, Mayor (retired); and Jay Johnson, regional representative of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. 
Loyal Ladies 
The Loyal Ladies were organized in 1978. They were first organized as a chapter of the Jaycettes. In 1980 they became the Loyal Ladies. the Loyal Ladies have been active in community projects, over the years. These include City Park improvements, Christmas decorations, parades, helping with medical bills and supplying food for the food pantry. 
The Loyal Ladies give a yearly scholarship to high school seniors to further their education. They have a haunted house and baked potato suppers to raise money for community projects. 
Over the 20 plus years of serving the Carthage community, they have sponsored countless events and been the organizers and participants in many worthwhile and fun projects.