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Friday, October 9, 2009

Tea, South Dakota

Did you know that there is a town (population under 2,000) in South Dakota named "Tea"! The friendly people of Tea are proud of their name. They even have an annual Teapot Days festival complete with the crowning of Ma & Pa Teapot!

How did "Tea" get its name? According to the town's website:

The village of Byron was begun after the survey of the railroad line from Yankton to Sioux Falls was completed. With the completion of the railroad, the community decided it needed a post office, so an application was submitted.

The postal authorities advised the town fathers that several other communities were also named Byron. They requested the community select 10 short names from which one would be chosen. At a meeting around the pot-bellied stove in Heerens and Peter's General Store, townspeople came up with nine names and could not think of the 10th. Since this was a German based community, the tradition of afternoon tea was a necessity. When someone suggested that they break for tea, the idea to put Tea on the list was agreed upon. The postal authorities advised the town that the name "Tea" had been selected. The town of Tea was plotted in 1900 and incorporated in 1906.

I wish South Dakota wasn't so far from South Carolina. Who wouldn't love to spend a few days relaxing in Tea???


Melanie said...

You come up with such clever posts!

Since you're on the subject of tea landmarks, you should look up the teapot at Government Center in Boston. said...

Haha, that's pretty neat, thanks for sharing :)

Jason Witt said...

This town is featured in the new book "The Meaning of Tea," which I've reviewed on Amazon. There are several interviews with people of the town about tea and how modern things are changing the area. It's rather interesting though it isn't as much about tea as I'd have liked. --Teaternity

Mary said...

Hi in the world do you find these things? I am amazed that a town loves so much they would themselves after it! Well, I named my house after tea, so I guess it does make sense! Love the previous posts...just amazing...always enjoy coming here to find beautiful...and unusual...tea things!

God bless,

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