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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Urban Renewal

 
 
Urban Renewal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 21, 2016
1. Urban Renewal Marker
Inscription. Urban renewal was a movement that provided for the development of aging and underutilized city neighborhoods. During the 1960s, light industry and warehouses had begun to move out of downtown Sioux Falls. The area near Seventh Street and the Big Sioux River was once home to Place Brothers Coal & Wood Yard, B. C. McCrossan Fruit Company, the Sioux Falls Water Company pumping station, and various agricultural implement warehouses. By the 1970s, urban renewal had greatly changed the face of the west bank of the Big Sioux River from Sixth to Eighth Streets.

Some of these buildings were vacant or had frequently revolving tenants during this time. Seventh Street, from Dakota Avenue to the Big Sioux River, became the focus of many development plans. Three of the major goals of urban renewal were the building of a new public library, the construction of a hotel, and affordable elderly housing.

The library and hotel were built along Eighth Street, with parking ramps and lots where Seventh Street once stood. Where Seventh Street met the river, buildings were razed to make way for the River Tower, an elderly housing facility with more than 150 units. Many additional historic buildings bordered by Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Phillips Avenue, and the Big Sioux River were razed to make way for more modem buildings.
 
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Marker detail: Looking west down Eighth Street, ca. 1890 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Looking west down Eighth Street, ca. 1890
Big Sioux River Recreation Trail and Greenway, and Siouxland Heritage Museums.
 
Location. 43° 33.007′ N, 96° 43.459′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from North Cherapa Place south of East 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail, overlooking the river. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Cherapa Place, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Sioux Falls (here, next to this marker); Recreation (here, next to this marker); Flooding (a few steps from this marker); Quarries (a few steps from this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Manchester Biscuit Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Raven Industries (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted at eye-level on a tall stone pillar.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: Looking north along the river from Ninth Street at dart water tower, ca.1880s image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Looking north along the river from Ninth Street at dart water tower, ca.1880s
Marker detail: Scott Thompson Warehouse on Seventh Street image. Click for full size.
August 21, 2016
4. Marker detail: Scott Thompson Warehouse on Seventh Street
Marker detail: View of Phillips Avenue at Eighth Street bridge over the Big Sioux River, ca. 1880s image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: View of Phillips Avenue at Eighth Street bridge over the Big Sioux River, ca. 1880s
Urban Renewal Marker (<i>wide view; Big Sioux River and Raven Industries building in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 21, 2016
6. Urban Renewal Marker (wide view; Big Sioux River and Raven Industries building in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 21 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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