Yankton may be South Dakota's most historic town, but the river that it created is timeless.
Life in Yankton has always revolved around the Missouri River. Native Americans followed the river's flow to their destinations centuries ago. They named the land E-Hank-Ton-Wan, which means "people of the end village.
Without the Missouri, Yankton might not exist. The river brought steamboats and their captains to Yankton. Steamboats brought not only color and expansion to the budding town; they also brought technology and skilled people.