Photograph by Vincent J. Musi
Touting its few claims to fame, Pickstowns one billboard greets visitors who trickle in, chiefly to hunt and fish. South Dakotas newest town (and news anchor Tom Brokaws boyhood home) actually got its unofficial start in the 1940s when it was laid out by the Army Corps of Engineers and named after the Corps retired chief, Lt. Gen. Lewis Pick. The Corps created the town to house workers building a hydropower dam across the Missouri. Completed in 1956, the Fort Randall Dam created Lake Francis Case, a glittering reservoir where bass and walleye greatly outnumber anglers.