Novak is a ghost town now. It was a mining town. The mining began in Novak around 1903 and by 1907 the mine began to turn a profit. The mining company built some houses and a school. The Black Hills & Fort Pierre Railroad built a spur to the town.
Unlike Deadwood the town of Novak had no saloons or dance halls. When the mine petered out people left Novak. Novak is about 3 miles northwest of Nemo on the way to Deadwood.
Novak is only one of many ghost towns in Lawrence County, South Dakota. Some of the other abandoned towns are Blacktail, Carbonate, Crook City, Flatiron, Greenwood, Maitland, Ragged Top, Tinton and Trojan are all there. Maybe next year when I go to Sturgis I'll ride out and have a look at a them.