Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     Aberdeen is in the James River Valley. The town began in 1881. It was named after the hometown of Alexander Mitchell. He was the president of the Milwaukee Road. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Many people came to Aberdeen, South Dakota, during the Great Dakota Boom. Many more came to take farms in northeastern South Dakota. Aberdeen soon became known as the Hub City. It had railroad lines going out from it in all directions. Farmers came in to buy goods, and merchants took goods out to the small towns. Aberdeen was a hub of activity.