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

Imagine a vast plain. Its fertile soil was covered with a blanket of grass and wildflowers swaying in rhythm to what seemed like an eternal wind. The silence of this infinite wilderness gave way to early pioneers who formed a community that thrived in this valley carved by ancient glaciers and the meandering Redstone Creek. The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad blazed a trail westward into the Dakota Territory, and Manchester was born. Eventually, the Black and Yellow Trail, a precursor of Highway 14, went right down the main street.

After trying "Fairview" for a short time, the town finally took the name of its first postmaster, Chester H. Manchester. The post office opened on June 29,1881. Manchester had numerous family homes, a Town Hall, Grocery stores, livery barns, a lumber yard, two grain elevators, a depot, a restaurant, a cream station, a bank, a pool hall, auto repair and blacksmith shops, gas stations, two churches, a system of township schools, including Manchester High School, a hotel, a newspaper, and a fabled Town Pump.

With improvements in transportation, people had the option of selling grain
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and buying supplies in bigger towns. The population declined, and eventually, the town of Manchester was destroyed by a devastating tornado on June 24, 2003.

The pioneering spirit of all who have lived in the Manchester Township community inspires us with its creativity, determination, and neighborliness. In the presence of the world's most magnificent sunrises and sunsets, those who work this fertile land and graze its green pastures keep the Spirit of Manchester alive for generations of people whose roots are firmly planted in this sacred soil.

Erected 2007 by In loving memory of Richard Geyer from Joyce, Ronald, Wayne, Jerry, Daniel, Bonnie, and Rex Geyer.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 29, 1881.
Location. 44° 22.179′ N, 97° 43.224′ W. Marker is near Iroquois, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is on Kingsbury Ave., 0.1 miles 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. Harvy Dunn and Grace Ingalls Dow (here, next to this marker); Manchester, South Dakota (here, next to this marker); Town Hall and Town Pump (here, next to this marker); The Manchester Tornado
The Manchester Town Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 29, 2018
2. The Manchester Town Monument
(here, next to this marker); KELO-LAND Centennial Gold Rush (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvey Dunn, N.A. (approx. ¼ 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 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 15 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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Jun. 3, 2023