Odakota Mountain is a mountain in western Pennington County, South Dakota, about 9 miles (14 km) west of Hill City. It is the 2nd highest point in the Black Hills and in South Dakota.
Until 1969, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names listed no name for this peak, though the Black Hills National Forest supervisor stated its name was Murphy Mountain. At that time, Evelyn Loretta Bradfelt bought a ranch near the mountain and petitioned the Board on Geographic Names to name it Odakota Mountain. She believed this word was an indigenous word meaning "establishment of peace". Professor Harvey Markowitz verified "Odakota" is a Dakota variant of Lakota words "olakota" and "wolakota", which carry the meaning of "friendship" or "alliance" or "peaceful relationship".In May 2019, a professional surveyor found the mountain's highest point to be 7,197.70 feet above sea level on the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD88) by taking precise GNSS measurements. The highest point and surrounding area is a flat area in the trees a short distance west of an outcropping of limestone which is slightly lower. A bench mark disk was set in concrete with a sign indicating the highest point.
By elevation Odakota Mountain is
# 2 out of 534 in South Dakota # 2 out of 101 in Pennington County # 1 out of 185 in Black Hills National Forest
By prominence Odakota Mountain is
# 3 out of 534 in South Dakota # 3 out of 101 in Pennington County # 3 out of 185 in Black Hills National Forest
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