Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A Town Named Tea
Oh, to live in a town named Tea.
Tea, South Dakota, is a small town about ten miles south of Sioux Falls. It claims to be the fastest growing city in the state. According to census figures, it has surged from a population of 786 in 1990 to 4,100 today.
Tea will hold Teapot Days in June again this year. The annual fest features a teapot display and the crowning of Ma and Pa Teapot.
The interesting thing about Tea is that the name of the town has no real connection to tea - the plant or the beverage. According to a local historian, the community began life as the village of Byron. Around the turn of the century, the citizenry realized that there were too many towns named Byron (don't you hate when that happens?) and held a public meeting to come up with ten alternate names. By the time they got up to nine they were running out of ideas and everyone was ready to adjourn for a tea break and so some wit suggested that they add Tea to the list.
The rest, as the saying goes, was history.
Image: Tea Area Historical Society
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