Belle Fourche, Butte Co., South Dakota

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Belle Fourche, Butte Co., South Dakota
Fruitdale, Butte Co., South Dakota

Belle Fourche was settled by Volga German immigrants who came to work in the sugar beet fields that were made possible by an irrigation project in 1905.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in and around Belle Fourche:

Dahlinger from Rosenberg
Keil from Katharinental
Kindsfater from Dietel
Kling from Oberdorf
Kuenzel from Warenburg
Lungren from Franzosen
Pflaumer from Straßburg
Pister from Merkel
Rieb from Nieder-Monjou
Romig (Romick) from Rosenberg
Rothermel from Katharinenstadt
Schott from Grimm
Zwetzig from Morgentau


- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 53.


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Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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