NAME: Conata
COUNTY: Pennington
CLIMATE: cold, snowy winters; hot, dry summers
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Tourist season (summer)
COMMENTS: Currently no souls reside in the hamlet of Conata save for the cattle. Abandoned buildings rest alongside the old Milwaukee Railroad grade. There is a resevoir on the north side of the railroad grade that once served the steam locomotives.
REMAINS: Abandoned buildings and abandoned railroad grade
Conata was a boom town during the construction period of the Milwaukee Railroad from Murdo to Rapid City in 1907. The Dust Bowl of the 1930's drove many residents and homesteaders out of the area contributing to a decline in the population. The loss of the railroad on March 31, 1980 may have also contributed to the ghost town. Submitted by: Andrew Shireman