Funeral Services for Sam Tidball are as follows:

Friday, November 21st - Visitation will be at United Church of Christ on Highland Ave Pierre from 5:00-7 pm CST. The prayer service will begin at 7:00 pm CST.

Saturday, November 22nd - Funeral at United Church of Christ at 10:00 am CST. Lunch will be served at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre after the service. The motorcade will then proceed to Isabel, SD for the burial.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: PO Box 297, Fort Pierre, SD 57532

Mayor Sam Tidball loved parades and loved flags. To honor him and his service to this community, the City of Fort Pierre is asking residents of both Fort Pierre and Pierre to come out on Saturday and pay their respects as the funeral procession passes by.

Mayor Gloria Hanson, of Fort Pierre, is asking that flags in Fort Pierre be hung at half-staff between sunrise and sunset on Saturday, the day of Mayor Tidball's funeral. The Exchange Club has also been contacted to display the flags on the Missouri River bridge.

The funeral procession will leave the Congregational United Church of Christ about 11 a.m., proceed down Highland Avenue to Sioux Avenue, turn right and drive down Sioux Avenue, and cross the bridge into Fort Pierre. The procession will then continue on Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, turning right on 2rd Avenue turn right again onto Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.

Hanson said, "It would be most meaningful to the Tidball family if Sam's many friends could line the streets and roadways to honor him. And if you hold a sign or flag as the procession passes by, that would be appropriate, too."

The City of Fort Pierre is planning to display city equipment as well as flags as a tribute to Mayor Tidball.

Annual Christmas Tree CelebrationAnnual Fort Pierre Christmas Tree Celebration

  • Monday, November 24
  • Lighting Ceremony @ 6:30 pm
  • Christmas Carols with the S.C. Choir Students
  • Free Chili Feed to follow at Community Youth Involved Center (approx. 7 pm)
  • Chili, Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Cookies
  • Free will offering to benefit residents in need of assistance with utility bills
  • Drawings for gifts donated by Fort Pierre Businesses


With the recent and continued snowfall in excess of 2 inches of snow, the City of Fort Pierre will start plowing the emergency snow routes at 3:30 pm CDT today. Secondary streets will follow the emergency routes. We ask that residents please move any cars, trucks, trailers or campers off the street to allow snow plows to get through if necessary. Any vehicle in direct violation of this ordinance shall be fined $50.00 and the actual cost of removal and towing if not removed within 24 hours of citation.

City ordinances require that “there shall be no parking on the emergency snow routes when there is more than two (2) inches of snowfall until the said routes have been cleared to the edges of the street.” Also a reminder, that with snow continuing to fall the plows may pass thru the routes more than once so please be alert to further snow accumulations.

For more information: Roxanne Heezen - 223-7690

Fort Pierre, "Where the West Begins" is located just across the river from the State Capital. Historic cowboy town has plenty to see and do.

Photos Courtesy of the South Dakota Department of Tourism

Famous worldwide as the birthplace of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs and Lieutenant Commander John C. Waldron from the Battle of Midway. Modern day Fort Pierre is a great place to visit with so much to do. Enjoy fishing on one of South Dakota's Great Lakes, Lake Oahe or try your luck on the mighty Missouri where Lewis and Clark fished. There are various places to camp and several options for lodging.

Don't miss our unique museums! The Verendrye Museum, which holds the true flavor of Fort Pierre is located right downtown on Deadwood Street and of course you couldn't come to Fort Pierre without seeing the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center on Verendrye Drive. An eighteen-hole golf course will keep you interested at Dunes Golf Course or for the kids how about some mini golf or go-carts at 1806 Wheels & Sticks. Hungry after a long day of adventure? You'll find a variety of dining experiences in Fort Pierre.

Old Fort Pierre was built on the historical site, which is believed to be the first spot visited by Europeans on South Dakota soil. Its claim is based on the uncovering of the Verendrye plate. The plate was engraved by Peter de La Verendrye with his name and date, 1741 and then buried. The plate remained undiscovered for 170 years until it was accidentally found by school children playing in the area in 1913.

The original Fort Pierre, built at the confluence of the Missouri and Bad Rivers in 1817, was a fur trading post and was called Fort Teton. The early settlers of this community also settled the recreation area close by, known as Farm Island. Fort Pierre was rebuilt in 1822 as Fort Tecumseh and in 1832 it was rebuilt again in its present location, as Fort Pierre Choteau, later shortened to Fort Pierre.

Every fourth of July people from all over flock to Fort Pierre for the annual PRCA Rodeo to see "Where the West Begins". Named one of the top 20 Best Rural Towns in the West by American Cowboy magazine Fort Pierre has a wonderful old west atmosphere with all the larger city conveniences. Come visit us and we'll show you some true west hospitality.

Missouri River Bridge Replacement

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is conducting a survey on the Missouri River Bridge Replacement. Please follow this link to provide them with your input.

Severe Weather Outlook

Click here to view current conditions

Severe Weather Preparedness Guide 2014

Click here to view current conditions

SD Road Construction Projects

Click here for current projects


Phone (605) 223-7690  Fax (605) 223-7693   Shop (605) 223-7694   Pool (605) 223-7696  

City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7:30 pm in the basement of the Court House

website design by BPro Inc