Just over 50 years ago, Jon Larsen looked at Elk Point and saw both concerns and opportunities. The concerns centered around how many towns the size of Elk Point were aging and losing population. The opportunity was a brand new interstate, with 2 exits into Elk Point.

Housing – Larsen saw that as a way to handle both issues.

Up until 1970, Elk Point had grown the same way as most towns, adding a street here and a street there. Larsen, along with local businessman Mark Jones, conceived a whole new subdivision, with room for lots of houses.

Southview was born.

The men, along with Bill Busker, purchased 40 acres of land southwest of the school. They put in all the infrastructure and started building homes. The first house was completed in early 1971 on Willow Court. It was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bowar, then-manager at the Elk Point elevator. They paid $28,000 for the split-level home, the first of that style in the city.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.