City of Yankton offices including City Hall are closed to the public; however, staff is available to assist residents by phone, email, or through online services.  Regular garbage and recycling collection are not impacted.  Police, fire and other emergency services continue to operate as normal, with only minor safety precautions affecting their day to day operations.  The Yankton Community Library and the Summit Activity Center are also closed.  The City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance temporarily closing on-site services at some businesses and limiting public gathering.  For a guide to closures and full text of the ordinance, visit

  • Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

Municipal Cemetery History

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cemetery3In 1868 the Yankton Cemetery Association was established to develop a cemetery for the Yankton Territory, The committee consisted of F.J. Dewitt, Bartlett Tripp, Territorial Governor J.L. Pennington, Newton Edmunds, G. Heard, Joseph Ward, E. Wilcox, M. Parmer, J.W. Burdick, J.C. McVay, Jacob Max, L. Wynn, J.R. Sanborn, Peter Seydet, Jacob Bender, G.E. Brooks and W. Miner.

The first recorded burial was James McBinn in 1876. The initial cost for cemetery lots were $12.50 for a lot, $20.00 for half a block and $35.00 for an entire block.

Many prominent figures from Yankton history are buried at the Cemetery, including: General Custer’s bandleader, several Territorial Governors, State Senators and Congressmen and the notorious Jack McCall, who was hung for the Wild Bill Hickok murder March 1, 1877.

The Yankton Cemetery Association transferred ownership of the cemetery to the City of Yankton in 1972.

The cemetery is non-denominational.

Yankton Municipal Cemetery 
1801 Summit Street
PO Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078-0176
(605) 668-5231