De Smet in Kingsbury County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
De Smet Forest / De Smet
Half mile South East of De Smet
Half mile northwest
Was the “Little Town on the Prairie” of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories of pioneering, four having their setting here; birthplace of Rose Wilder Lane, whose novels depicted pioneering in this area. The Ingalls Homestead was one-half mile S. of this spot. There is a marker at the site.
The birthplace of Harvey Dunn, N.A. noted illustrator, famed for his paintings of prairie settlers and Western subjects, 9 miles W. 3 miles S. and ¾ mile E. of this spot. There is a marker at the site.
At Lake Thompson, then called Big Dry Wood Lake, on June 29, 1857 a group of half breeds and braves from Yellow Medicine Agency, Minn., caught up with Inkpaduta, Sioux renegade, killed 3 of his band including his son Mah pi ya peta (Fire Cloud) in battle at S. end of Lake 9 miles S.
Erected 1955 by De Smet Chamber of Commerice and South Dakota State Highway Department. (Marker Number 44.)
Location. 44° 22.349′ N, 97° 31.929′ W. Marker is in De Smet, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is on U.S. 14 west of 434th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out on the north side of U.S. Highway 14, one-half mile east of De Smet. Marker is in this post office area: De Smet SD 57231, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingsbury County, S.D. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kingsbury County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waters Land & Loan Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Couse Hardware (approx. 1.3 miles away); Harvey Dunn, N.A. (approx. 9.1 miles away); KELO-Land Centennial Gold Rush (approx. 9.1 miles away); Harvy Dunn and Grace Ingalls Dow (approx. 9.3 miles away); Manchester (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Smet.
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Also see . . . De Smet, South Dakota. De Smet was platted by European Americans in 1880. It was named for Belgian Father Pierre De Smet, a 19th-century Jesuit missionary who worked with Native Americans in the United States and its territories for most of his life. The Charles Ingalls family, originally of Wisconsin, arrived in De Smet in 1879. Their travels and pioneer settling in Minnesota, Kansas, Dakota Territory, and Iowa would be later chronicled in a series of books written by the Ingalls' second oldest daughter, Laura Elizabeth - later known as Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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