This is Hammer, South Dakota, on the Lake Traverse Reservation in Roberts County, South Dakota. In my best estimation, the actual townsite now consists of one inhabited home, and a number of abandoned structures.
After a wet spring, the overgrowth made it hard to get a good shot of any of the structures that remain.
It’s a little tough to see at this resolution, but someone spraypainted the sign with pink paint — right below the word STOP, someone painted “Hammer Time,” a witticism that works on both geographic and pop culture levels.
A former store or filling station. Nothing left inside but debris.
Our friend and fellow photographer Dan Traun from Wisconsin got some photos of Hammer in winter which you can see here.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC