Gary Historical Association
P.O. BOX 83 • Gary, SD 57237
The history of Gary is an important part of the history of South Dakota. Gary, situated near the Minnesota border, was one of the first settlements in Dakota Territory. The railroad, which later helped build many other towns along its tracts, first entered Dakota Territory at Gary, in 1872.
The formation of the Gary Historical Association was the result of interested people taking pride in the Gary community; wanting to preserve its history and establishing a place to exhibit local artifacts. Local historians, collectors, and descendants of pioneer families encouraged organizing a historical association and made plans for a centennial celebration in 1972. The Gary Historical Association, Inc. was organized on February 12, 1967.