THUNDER BUTTE: Herman Slides Off describes how Thunder Butte got its name in the following narrative, “The name Thunder Butte was given to the butte after a mysterious thunder storm originated from the butte. The incident was witnessed by an Indian hunting party. The group camped a few miles west of the butte and early one morning a small, dark cloud was forming on the top of the butte. And as the cloud grew larger, loud thunder was heard until a thunder storm moved out from the butte. Such incidents were witnessed by the Indians between 1850 and as late as 1910.
ISABEL: Isabel was named for a daughter of one of the Milwaukee Railroad officials.
IRON LIGHTNING: Iron Lightning was named after the Lakota headman, Iron Lightning.
Wasicu Ikceka Otunwahe – Dupree: The town of Dupree was given an Indian name which translates to ‘common man town.’ It is also named after a French man, Fred Dupree or Dupris, who married a Lakota woman from this area.
Mato Wakpa – Bear Creek: Long ago bears used to roam this creek before it was inhibited by people.