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Ekalaka is a small western town nestled in the Russell Creek Valley of picturesque Carter County. It is named in honor of Ijkalaka, the wife of David H. Russell, and the daughter of Eagle Man, an Oglala Sioux. Russell was the first white settler in the valley.
Ekalaka is the county seat of Carter County, population 355. Though small, the community meets the needs of the traveler with two motels, campgrounds with hook-ups, several restaurants; a grocery store, service station, and a collection of main street and cottage businesses and two city parks.
Noted for its wide-open spaces, beautiful blue skies, and tranquil scenery of open prairies spreading upward to stately forests, Ekalaka's setting is a living painting. There's lots of room, lots of time, lots of space, and leisurely meals among friendly people. Entertainment comes in measures of peace and quiet.