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Recognize this hot spot? Tell us where it was in our January Whereizzit in South Dakota contest.
Recognize this hot spot? Tell us where it was in our January Whereizzit in South Dakota contest.

Wherewazzit Winner

Think you know where this fun scene was photographed? Tell us in our January Wherewazzit contest. To participate, leave a comment with your guess. On Feb. 3, we'll select a winner from the correct guesses. The winner will receive a collection of South Dakota Magazine products.

We have a winner!

Congratulations Greg Dean of Pierre. He was one of many who correctly responded to our January Wherewazzit contest. The location was indeed Stony Point at Lake Kampeska. Look for our next Wherewazzit contest in our March/April issue.

Comments

10:04 am - Tue, December 24 2013
Lynn Richter said:
This is Stony Point on Lake Kampesna near Watertown South Dakota. The ballroom is in the center of the photograph. The ballroom was on the upper floor and the downstairs was a bar \ gameroom \ resturant.

The Spider Web Roller Rink is visible on the left. The foundation and ruins of the are still there today........the ballroom is long gone.

I was there many times.
02:29 pm - Tue, December 24 2013
You stated in your Jan/Feb that the location of the November photo "Cascade"
is North of Hot Springs, SD. Check your compass partner, it is South, Southwest of Hot Springs...
05:44 pm - Thu, December 26 2013
Janet mills said:
i think it is Stoney Point on the shores of Lake Kampeska in Watertown. A place where generations of teenagers had generations of fun.
01:42 pm - Fri, December 27 2013
This is stoney point dance pavilion and the roller rink on the left. You went in the bottom of the roller rink and then went upstairs to go roller skating. It was built in a circle with the shoe/concession are in the middle. I used to skate there as a teenager and went over to the ballroom for dances. In the summer they had bands come in and all of us kids from Watertown would go and have a great time dancing. The lake is just to the left of the ballroom and you could go outside on those hot summer nights and enjoy the breeze off the lake. This picture is very old (I think about 1928 or so) and It looks like a carnival going on. Lake Kampeska has many fond memories for me. Linda Wait Kuipers
02:56 pm - Fri, December 27 2013
I have a feeling that Lake Kampesna MIGHT be correct but I hazard a guess that it's really Ruskin Park, down toward Forestburg. I used to play rock n roll there in the 60s when it was just a dance hall but I understand it was quite a place in the 1890s- through the 1930s.
03:01 pm - Fri, December 27 2013
Stella Webber said:
Pretty sure this is Ponds of Fun, a long-gone amusement area in Mission Hill.
09:48 pm - Fri, December 27 2013
Jim DeLay said:
I believe it is the Lake Madison Chautaugua grounds and Grand View Hotel. A terrible tragedy occurred on the lake on July 4, 1919 where nine people drowned due to a boating accident.
07:28 am - Sat, December 28 2013
Tanner Starr said:
This is Stony Point on Lake Kampeska. There used to be a skating rink called the spider web there.
12:33 pm - Sat, December 28 2013
Roger Whittle said:
It's Stoney Point on beautiful Lake Kampeska in Watertown. Dancehall featured some top acts of the Big Band Era during the 1950's and was one of Lawrence Well's early venues. A top tourist area from the turn of the century through the early '70s
03:40 pm - Sat, December 28 2013
Sharon k. Klocker said:
The place is Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska...we would drive out there every Sunday...my Dad worked for Red Owl as a district meat manager and was home only on the week-ends. Fond memories of the "speed boat " rides we would have out there.
03:52 pm - Sat, December 28 2013
Richard Heyduk said:
Stony Point on south side of Lake Kampeska. Watertown SD
06:04 pm - Sat, December 28 2013
Mavis Poelstra said:
This is stony point on Lake Kampeska near Watertown SD
07:03 am - Sun, December 29 2013
K. Harms said:
Strurgis, SD
01:47 pm - Sun, December 29 2013
Alan Hurlbut said:
The photo is of Stony Point on Lake Kampeska in Watertown. Growing up in Watertown, we spent a lot of time at "the Point", especially in the summertime. It attracted people from all over the area on weekends and holidays and was a fun place to be. We currently live at the "end of the sidewalk" that the Williams family built to serve all the rental cottages along the south side of the lake. You could follow the sidewalk all the way down to the Point. There were 43 units along the sidewalk at one time, but the Williams family eventually sold the various properties after the City annexed the lake into the city limits. Stony Point had a long and storied history, but eventually fell into disrepair.
02:45 pm - Sun, December 29 2013
curt brogren said:
Alan, Mavis, Richard, Sharon, Roger, Tanner, Lee, Linda, Janet & Lynn are all correct. Its Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska. The delightful fellow who ran the billiards and pinball halls was named Curley. Sadly, it burned to the ground in the 70's or 80's I believe.
06:02 pm - Sun, December 29 2013
Kathy Scharn said:
This is the famous Stony Point Resort and roller skating rink Spiderweb. My folks danced there to Lawrence Welk and in 50's met my husband there. Also stayed in the cabins for a week every summer in 30's and early 40's. One of the Dorsey's played there in early 50's. There are memories abundant from this place.e
12:34 pm - Mon, December 30 2013
Donna Thompson said:
how about Swan Lake by Viborg
03:47 pm - Mon, December 30 2013
ArlinSchumacher said:
Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska..right on... the ballroom was named the "Rainbow" dance hall. the second floor would rock with the dancing.. the Span was so wide without any posts underneath in the center. The bar was the longest in SD it was beautiful and was probably made out of mahogeny.
The bar/billiards etc was known as the Marine room.
You can also see the Spiderweb to the left of the ballroom. That was a fun place.
Dec. 30 2013
06:25 pm - Mon, December 30 2013
Gerald & Darlene Boe said:
Ruskin Park off Highway 37 east of Forestburg S.D. along the James River.

It was a place where many big dance bands performed, roller skating and even had a racetrack.
07:24 pm - Mon, December 30 2013
Harley Tetzlaff said:
Picture is of Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska. Remember going to school roller skating parties at the Spider Web there.
08:36 pm - Mon, December 30 2013
Denise Ottenbacher said:
This is Stony Point on Lake Kampeska near Watertown, SD. I remember skating at the Spider Web when I first moved to SD. What a great place!
11:33 am - Tue, December 31 2013
Clayton Bogenrief said:
Stony Point, Lake Kampeska, Watertown
11:04 pm - Tue, December 31 2013
Chuck Cecil said:
Stony Point, Lake Kampeska near Watertown, SD. As per contest instructions in your December issue, I have waited to visit the website "in January" before responding to the contest. In my postcard collection of more than 1,700 old SD postcards, I have a card with a scene very similar to what appeared in the Wherewazzit in your December issue.
11:08 pm - Tue, December 31 2013
Chuck Cecil said:
I note the time on my answer just sent is listed as 11:04 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, but I am celebrating New Years Eve and the correct time at this moment of my previous send is 1:07 a.m., JAN. 1, 2014.
07:55 am - Wed, January 1 2014
Roger Turbak said:
The picture is of the arcade and ballroom at Stony Point on Lake Kampeska. Not pictured is the Spider's Web roller skating rink. The ballroom and skating rink were a draw for several decades.
11:28 am - Wed, January 1 2014
Virginia Casey said:
I also think this is the Lake Madison Chautaugua Park and Grandview Hotel. I barely remember it, since I was only about 3 years old, when dad and mom took
big brother Terry there, to ride on the rides. I was really ticked off; I was too little to ride with Terry, and had to sit in the car with mom!

Virginia (Gini) Casey
Sun City West, AZ
04:54 pm - Wed, January 1 2014
Harvey Bue said:
I agree with the Stony Point crowd. The name of the prominent pavilion in the photo is the Spider Palace. The round roller rink in the foreground is the Spider Web, first built in 1927. Snow load brought it down in 1947 and it was rebuilt in 1948. The Spider Web again collapsed in 1974 from snow load never to be rebuilt.

Will Williams, a great great grandson of Charles Williams, founder of Stony Point, and his mother, Conda Williams now operate The Prop at Stony Point.
04:54 pm - Wed, January 1 2014
Harvey Bue said:
I agree with the Stony Point crowd. The name of the prominent pavilion in the photo is the Spider Palace. The round roller rink in the foreground is the Spider Web, first built in 1927. Snow load brought it down in 1947 and it was rebuilt in 1948. The Spider Web again collapsed in 1974 from snow load never to be rebuilt.

Will Williams, a great great grandson of Charles Williams, founder of Stony Point, and his mother, Conda Williams now operate The Prop at Stony Point.
05:10 pm - Wed, January 1 2014
Kathleen Mulder said:
This sure looks like Stony Point at Lake Kampeska near Watertown. I was too young to go to the dances, but even in the early 60's, we could still go to the Spider Web and rollerskate.
09:04 am - Thu, January 2 2014
Rick Crocker said:
Yes, it is Stony Point, Lake Kampeska near Watertown. I think there are still remnants of the Spider Web.
10:15 am - Thu, January 2 2014
Jon Graves said:
Stony point will be going into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April. Gary (former Watertown mayor) Williams has said there will be a book on Stony Point coming out soon through the Arrow Foundation. Put some pressure on him AND THE BOOK'S STATUS. He said it was at/or going to the printers over a year ago..

I spent a lot of weekends there..
12:01 pm - Thu, January 2 2014
Greg Dean said:
I'll go with Stony Point at Lake Kampeska near Watertown.
01:05 pm - Thu, January 2 2014
Hal Frentz said:
It is the ballroom called the Rainbow room at Stoney Point of Lake Kampeska the lower area was called Spider Palace
07:54 pm - Thu, January 2 2014
Susan Freeburg Kleine said:
It is Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska. I have a similar picture from the 1930's. My family had a cottage at # 25 Stoney Point and my sister and I spent many summer days playing pool with Bobby, Mike and Gary Williams. In the evenings we would skate at the Spider Web or enjoy the high dive at the beach.
10:18 am - Fri, January 3 2014
Rodney Tarum said:
Looks like i'm too late to win. It's undoubtedly Stony Point on Lake Kampeska, Codington County. We spent many hours there. The highlight of the school year at Hazel was to go skating at the "Spider Web" on the last day of school. Great memories!
01:02 pm - Fri, January 3 2014
This is Stony Point on Lake Kampeska, Watertown. The Spider Web roller skating rink was the best. It was round, not rectangular like roller skating rinks are today.
You came up from ground level into the center of the rink where you could rent skates. The wooden floors were well maintained. We had Luther League skating parties there. It was lots of fun.
04:33 pm - Fri, January 3 2014
Gary Witt said:
Stony Point,
Lake Kampeska /Watertown There was still a roller rink there in the 70s
04:51 pm - Fri, January 3 2014
Ross Mitchell said:
This is Stony Point on Lake Kampeska, Watertown. I remember that the Marine Room was a popular meeting place for young adults in the 1950's and 60's. Also the Spider Web roller skating rink provided entertainment for school parties. The musical entertainment made skating a memorable event. We always looked forward to the end-of-the-year school gatherings there.
11:02 pm - Fri, January 3 2014
Gail B. Johnson said:
To me it looks like the Lake Poinsett recreation area on the north side of Lake Poinsett in the 20's and 30's 7 miles west of Estelline as described to me many times by my parishioners in Estelline and Dempster.
08:22 am - Sun, January 5 2014
Jim Wollan said:
Stony Point on Watertown's Lake Kampeska, where all the fun was had by the entire family. All the recreational and entertainment activities of the period where found at this one place.
03:50 pm - Sun, January 5 2014
Barb Lindner said:
Stony Point on Lake Kampeska
06:51 pm - Sun, January 5 2014
Paul Mardian said:

my first thought was sylvan Lake Lodge in the black hills, but, the
overwhelming thought that it was stony point leaves me out of the circle.
my fault for being too young to know better.
10:02 am - Wed, January 8 2014
Bryce Gjerde said:
I too, believe this picture is of Stony Point on the south shores of Lake Kampeska, Watertown, SD. I am a classmate of Rodney Tarum and we do have many good memories of the best roller skating rink, because of it's design. The arcade had many fun games. My dad and father-in-law also had many good stories of Stony Point when they were young.
06:21 pm - Wed, January 8 2014
Cindy Hartwig said:
Definitely Stony Point. My dad has told me of the many dances he attended in the ballroom. The ballroom was gone so I was never able to attend any dances there but I did get to go roller skating at the Spiderweb.
02:51 pm - Thu, January 9 2014
Kermit Born said:
What a great place.....Stony Point. Lots and lots of memories of growing up and living on the west side of Lake Kampeska....we had an an old wooden rowboat with a small Scott-at-Water motor and Stony Point was a "destination" ....not fast,, because a 2.5 hp motor took some time to make the trip.....skated at the Spider Web on many school skating parties......round and round and round we'd go.....no place like it is SD. What a loss. Our young people will never know what they have missed or will never have the opportunity to experience. I remember the "Glenn Miller" band playing at the ballroom a few years after Glenn Miller died in a plane crash.....
04:12 pm - Thu, January 9 2014
Tom Cope said:
It's Stony Point at Lake Kampeska near Watertown. I grew up in Watertown & spent a lot of time at "the Point" roller skating, attending dances, and swimming. Those are some great memories.
04:31 pm - Thu, January 9 2014
June Born Potts said:
I knew at first glance it had to be Stony Point. The Point was the destination of choice of the teens in Watertown....Spider Web skating was where many couples met and would skate hand in hand for hours . Years later the pool hall and Marine Room were the hang out. The Marine Room was our "Arnold's". like in Happy Days. Jitterbug dancing to the jukebox music. What a way to grow up. Thanks to Billy and Shirley Williams for the memories.
07:23 pm - Thu, January 9 2014
Randy moes said:
The Stoney Point ballroom. I used to go there in the 60's and remember all the pool tables. Late 60's I remember they had a huge track for RC car racing. I think around 1/12 scale cars. The summer of 1973 I ran the prop which is still there today. Worked for Bill Williams. Spider Web was still open in 1973. I worked there that summer as well. One of the best summers of my life. Miss those days and these buildings a lot.
12:31 pm - Fri, January 10 2014
Jeann Bevers said:
I think the photo is the Spider Palace, roller skating rink and dance hall at Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska owned by the Williams family.
07:19 pm - Fri, January 10 2014
Mark Finstad said:
This is the Spiderweb at Stony Point on Lake Kampeska by Watertown,S.D.
02:47 pm - Sat, January 11 2014
Doug England said:
Good ole Stoney Point with the dance hall and roller rink. My Dad, "Sig England" managed the Dance Hall back in the late 1940s. The best Sunday afternoon in the winter, was roller skating for 4 hours then off to Bramble Park for 3 hours of ice skating. Ah yes, the wonders of youth.
04:04 pm - Mon, January 13 2014
David Brandriet said:
Stoney Point Ballroom, upper level, Spider Web, back side, round skating rink. Pool hall, bar, game room, lower level. Curly was the operator downstairs and Billy's kids pretty much ran the ballroom. I roller skated at the Spiderweb on a weekly basis for years. Late '40's and '50's. Ballroom bands were, The Flippers, Red Dogs, I'm thinking Bobby Vee also. All on a regular basis . I got back from Viet Nam in '64 and in '65 I started bouncing there. A storm came up one Sunday so we ran our speed boat up on the beach and ran into the foundation. Never lived that one down. Anyway the roofs came down eventually and that was the end. Now houses The Prop.
04:49 pm - Wed, January 15 2014
Bob Urevig said:
This is at Stony Point on Lake Kampeska at Watertown. The building at the far left was called Spider web and was a roller skating rink. The big building was called the Spider Palace and at times had a dance hall, bowling alley and restaurant and claimed to have the world's longest bar. In the late 60's Kampeska flooded and runined most of what was inside the building and caused extensive damage to the structure. It was demolished and some lumber salvaged to build the Prop, a small popular watering hole that exists today at the same location.
05:00 am - Thu, January 16 2014
Melanie Dummann said:
Stony Point on Lake Kampeska near Watertown. I especially remember the Spider Web--many fun skating parties there in the 60's.
10:37 pm - Thu, January 16 2014
I first remember going to Stony Point with our family when I was three years old in 1942. My Dad took us all on a speed boat ride and I remember vividly the beautiful well varnished wooden boat and how fast it went. I think the Carnival was somewhat of an amusement park and was permannently there for a good part of the summer. This photo must have been no later the 1932, as all of the cars are 32 or earlier. I know many of the people who have already posted their memories.Yes it was "The Rainbow Ballroom" on the upper level. In my early days as a musician I played there several times. A bit of the original skating rink is shown,lower left. I remember the new rink that was built in 1948, as that is where I learned to skate after spending a lot of time falling and skinning my knees on sidewalks. Billy Williams, the owner, was a very good skater and often joined us on the floor. It was a fantastic rink and some of the adverising billed it as the World's Largest Skating Rink. It was said to be a quarter mile arround the outer circumference. Near the skating rink was a steep bank of wooded area that had many dirt paths through the rough terrain. These paths were known as Indian Trails and us kids had a lot of fun on them. Just a few yards from the shore was an Island Rock Pile that was known as Maiden's Island. There were many folk tales as to how this pile of rocks got there, and one I remember had to do with and Indian Chief agreeing to give the hand of his daughter to the Brave who could deliver the largest rock to this spot. These stories were probably not of Native American origin but made for good folklore just the same. The Marine Room, The Arcade, The Spider Web, The Spider Palace, The Carnival, Stony Point and Lake Kampeska. What great times and memories, thanks to "The Williams Family". We truly lived in the "Best Of Times".
06:05 pm - Sat, January 18 2014
Tim said:
Stony point I have the same post card
07:41 am - Sun, January 26 2014
Cora Jones said:
This is Stony Point at Lake Kampeska, near Watertown, SD My parents ( who recently passed away at aga 98 and 87) talked about going to dances there and even riding the ferris wheel. My Dad always said that they met on the Ferris Wheel where they started "going around" together! I remember 4-H and Church roller skating parties at the Spider Web next to Stony Point. Great memories!!
11:04 am - Mon, January 27 2014
Stoney Point on Lake Kampeska. The dance floor was on the 2nd floor and there were pool tables, bowling alleys, and the longest bar in the Midwest. The building was torn down because it wasn't considered safe, especially when doing the bunny hop. Snow took down the roller skating rink but a new one was built. Many schools had their year end picnics at this location.
09:44 pm - Mon, January 27 2014
John DeGroff said:
I grew up in Minneapolis but would spend summers on the farm with the Hagen family near Wallace. When I was 14 and through about 16 or 17 we would drive into Stony Point on Saturday nights. I remember some of the guys driving down highway 20 with headers which I thought was real cool since that would not have been tolerated in Minnepolis. We often had a chance to have a few beers and the kids that came there were always a lot of fun and oh yes, it was a great place to meet girls.
John DeGroff
03:33 pm - Sat, February 1 2014
Bev Bliss said:
Hisega Lodge?
04:25 pm - Sat, February 1 2014
Arnold Putnam said:
I grew up north of Florence. This sure looks like Stony Point. Great times at the roller rink. during high school.
07:51 am - Wed, February 5 2014
Reta Thovson said:
Stony Point near Watertown at Lake Kampeska. Very interesting area.
06:04 pm - Tue, September 22 2015
mary said:
My parents,danced to lawrence welk there. Tom steichen and virginia webster
06:10 pm - Tue, September 22 2015
mary said:
If you remember them, please let me know your stories. I have pictures.
06:17 pm - Tue, September 22 2015
mary said:
If you remember them, please let me know your stories. I have pictures. Girls and boys in cars having so much fun. Our parents! Mj.bauman@hotmail.com

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