“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Iroquois in Kingsbury County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Manchester, South Dakota

Population 150,000

Manchester, South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 29, 2018
1. Manchester, South Dakota Marker

August 27, 1961. More than 150,000 people converged on a patch of land just south of Highway 14 for the Dakota Territory Centennial Goldrush. The event was reminiscent of a stampede caused by General George Custer when he announced that gold had been found in the Black Hills back in 1874. Hundreds of contestants, each armed with gold shovels, dug for prizes that went up in value to $10,000. Manchester welcomed and rubbed shoulders with people from all over the country. Of course, Bandleader Lawrence Welk, a Dakotan who had traveled our roads many times, was emcee. He was joined by a young television cowboy actor named Clint Eastwood. A carnival and fireworks display lit up the sky. Festivities included an Amateur Talent Show, a Square Dance Festival,, and a Boy Scout Camporee. "The Manchester Goldrush, " as many remember it, was a promotional event sponsored by KELOLand Television to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Dakota Territory. It ended up making history.
Erected 2007.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music
The Manchester Town Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 29, 2018
2. The Manchester Town Monument
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is August 27, 1961.
Location. 44° 22.181′ N, 97° 43.226′ W. Marker is near Iroquois, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is on Kingsbury Ave., 0.1 miles north of U.S. 14, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 Kingsbury Ave, Iroquois SD 57353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town Hall and Town Pump (here, next to this marker); The Manchester Tornado (here, next to this marker); Harvy Dunn and Grace Ingalls Dow (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Manchester (here, next to this marker); KELO-LAND Centennial Gold Rush (approx. Ό mile away); Harvey Dunn, N.A. (approx. Ό mile away); Father Pierre Jean De Smet (approx. 8.1 miles away); St. Matthew Lutheran Church (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iroquois.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 478 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 30, 2023