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City Government


City of Hot Springs
303 N. River St.
Hot Springs, SD 57747

The city of Hot Springs has an aldermanic form of government. We elect a mayor, and two aldermen are elected from each of four wards. The terms of our elected officials are all two years. The city council normally meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. The city also uses committees comprised of various members of the city council to make recommendations to the full council. The committees deal with major issues, including ordinances, department priorities, and city policies. The administration of the city is done by the Mayor and our City Administrator.

Hot Springs is “The Veteran’s Town.” A VA hospital and health care facility is located in the city, as well as the South Dakota State Veterans Home. These facilities have been here since 1907, and 1889, respectively. Hot Springs is also a tourism and retirement city. With The Mammoth Site, Evans Plunge, and our Fall River Museum in the city, and our proximity to Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, The Wild Horse Sanctuary, Angostura Reservoir, and many other attractions, it makes Hot Springs a destination place for many tourists.

We have an award winning 18 hole golf course, with two new housing subdivisions next to the recently constructed back nine. We also have five parks in the city, with three of them located right on Fall River, which begins in Hot Springs, and runs through the city. The smallest Union Pacific Railroad depot in the world is located in Hot Springs, and is used for our visitor information center. I welcome everyone to enjoy some time in Hot Springs. Come see our sandstone buildings most of which were constructed between 1888 and 1915. We are truly a city of warm water, and warm people.