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

Railroads

 
 
Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 21, 2016
1. Railroads Marker
Inscription. The Great Dakota Land Boom took place from the late 1870s through the 1880s. This influx of settlers was driven largely by rapid railroad expansion. In 1878, the first rail service arrived in Sioux Falls and by 1888 it had five lines. The population of Sioux Falls swelled from 356 in 1870 to over 10,000 by 1890.

Completed in 1887, the Illinois Central was the fourth major railroad to come to Sioux Falls. The line went through the quarry town of East Sioux Falls and connected Sioux Falls to Chicago, Illinois, via Cherokee, Iowa. Richard F. Pettigrew, Edwin A. Sherman, and Russell G. Parmley worked together to secure land for the depot and right-of-way for the tracks.
 
Erected by Big Sioux River Recreation Trail and Greenway, and Siouxland Heritage Museums.
 
Location. 43° 33.031′ N, 96° 43.448′ 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 57103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Industry (here, next to this marker); Manchester Biscuit Company
Marker detail: Illinois Central train, ca. 1929 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Illinois Central train, ca. 1929
(a few steps from this marker); Raven Industries (a few steps from this marker); Quarries (within shouting distance of this marker); Flooding (within shouting distance of this marker); Recreation (within shouting distance of this marker); Urban Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Sioux Falls (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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Illinois Central Depot, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
 
Also see . . .  The Great Dakota Boom. The years 1878-1887 are most commonly recognized as the period of greatest growth, with 1883 being its peak. The few settlements existing prior to this time maintained a very tenuous existence on the prairie, and several, like Sioux Falls, were abandoned altogether due to Indian scares, drought, or locusts. As the economic depression of 1873 abated, the railroads took a new interest
Marker detail: Steam Locomotive image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Steam Locomotive
in this virgin territory. Although the federal government made no land grants in Dakota as in other territories, there were plenty of opportunities for profit in the founding of new towns. Town lots came dear in railroad terminus, and since the companies had the advantage of knowing where the track would be laid next, they invariably held title to the choicest lots. Of the 285 towns which were platted during the Boom period, 138 of them were founded by the railroads. 89 more were platted along the railroad right of way by private land companies. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Marker detail: Illinois Central Depot, 1890 image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Illinois Central Depot, 1890
Marker detail: American Express delivery wagon loading freight at Illinois Central Depot, ca. 1898 image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: American Express delivery wagon loading freight at Illinois Central Depot, ca. 1898
Railroads 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. Railroads Marker (wide view; Big Sioux River and Raven Industries building in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Last updated on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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