Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
President William McKinley
Train loads of visitors swarmed to Sioux Falls on October 14, 1899, to see the first president ever to visit South Dakota. The city appeared to be “one blaze of national colors.” Hundreds of flags waved, and patriotic bunting stretched “from roofs of the many larger buildings to the very sidewalks.”
When President William McKinley’s six-car presidential train pulled into the Milwaukee depot, he was greeted by the deafening noise of steam whistle blasts, clanging bells, and prolonged cheering by a high-spirited crowd.
A horse-drawn carriage brought the president to a reviewing stand at 9th Street and Main Avenue. There he welcomed home some 90 soldiers of Sioux Falls’ Company D, First South Dakota Infantry Regiment. He also praised the men for their bravery in battle in the Philippine Islands campaign.
Two years later in Buffalo, New York, an avowed anarchist used a handkerchief to conceal a revolver in his hand, and shot McKinley at close range. The nation’s 25th president died September 14, 1901.
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Location. 43° 33.141′ N, 96° Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk on the east side of Phillips Avenue, near the north end of a large parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Franklin Pettigrew (within shouting distance of this marker); Jewett Bros. & Jewett Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Phillips to the Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); The Andrew Kuehn Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dakota Iron Store (about 500 feet away); The Coliseum (about 500 feet away); The Hanging of an Innocent Man (about 500 feet away); President Woodrow Wilson (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Also see . . . President McKinley welcomes 1st South Dakota Infantry Soldiers home. The President of the United States, William McKinley, arrived in Aberdeen, South Dakota to greet the soldiers of the 1st South Dakota Infantry on their return from the Philippines. An estimated 20,000 people gathered as McKinley gave a short speech and praised the South Dakota soldiers for their part in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection. (Submitted on October 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 5. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.