Photo's & history of the Lake Thompson area
from the late 1800's and the early 1900's.

choose your interest
below & click:

LT-Beginning page

Bait & Tackle



Area Fishing report WOW!

Food & Spirits

Guide Services



Waterfront Real Estate 

Various Fishing Links

Alumni Page


Area Real Estate

Gifts & Collectibles




Below are several turn of the century b/w photo
thumbnails. If they sound interesting to you
just click on them to see a larger view photo.
Some are scanned images from old glass plated
negatives. We have many yester-year photo's
and will be changing them from time to time,
so keep checking back.


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Fraternity Hall / Masonic Temple /
& Currently J&M Cafe building in Lake Preston


Original Lake Preston grade school building.
Replaced in the 80's with a new building.

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This photo was taken at one of the first annual "watermelon days"
held in Lake Preston, SD.  Notice the clothes. 

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Early 1900's photo of main street in Lake Preston, South Dakota.
Notice the hitching rails and the board walkways.

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This photo is of the old "Opera House"  in Lake Preston, SD.
  This building still stands today and the lower floor houses the city offices.
  There has been talk recently about the possible restoration of the upstairs
Opera Hall.
(tin ceilings, maple flooring, stage area are still in pretty good condition.)

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Merchants Exchange Bank building, built in 1904.  Originally the
bank building, also housed appartments above. Served as the
Lake Preston Times (area newspaper) building until torn down
in the early 1980's for a new community building / fire hall / library.
Notice all of the telegraph? wires in front of the building.