“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Brookings in Moody County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Brookings County

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Brookings County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 5, 2018
1. Brookings County Marker

Home of roving Indians until 1862. The exploring party of Nicollet, scientist, and Fremont, ‘Pathfinder of the West,’ visited Oakwood Lakes July 1838, leaving the first reliable record. The region East of the Big Sioux was ceded by the Santee Sioux in 1851 that to the west by the Yankton Sioux in 1858. A breastwork was made at Oakwood Lakes in 1859 and occupied again in 1862-63. In 1857 Nobles Wagon Road was built through the county, crossing the Big Sioux over an improved ford. A settlement, Medary, existed there 1857-58 when the Sioux forced its abandonment. Permanent settlement was begun nearby in 1869 by 10 Norwegians with Medary the county seat 1871-79. Another such colony of 31 settled at Lake Hendricks in July 1873. Population increased rapidly after 1877, numbering 4,965 in 1880, and 10,132 in 1890.

Brookings County was created in 1862 and named for Wilmont W. Brookings (1830-1905), prominent pioneer judge and legislator. Until 1873 it included parts of Moody, Lake and Kingsbury Counties. It was organized on July 3rd, 1871 in Martin N. Trygstand’s cabin, 4 miles NW of Medary. Most towns began in 1879
Brookings County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 5, 2018
2. Brookings County Marker
when the Northwestern R.R. crossed the county, and others when roads pushed North in 1884. Medary, Oakwood and Fountain became ghost towns and 147 Brookings the county seat. In 1881 State College was established in Brookings, opening its doors in 1884. Brookings County welcomes you to its 791 square miles of prosperous farms, beautiful lakes and happy homes.
Erected 1957 by Brookings County Commissioners.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 11.724′ N, 96° 47.368′ W. Marker is near Brookings, South Dakota, in Moody County. Marker is at the intersection of 471st Ave and 220th St, on the right when traveling north on 471st Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings SD 57006, 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. Moody County (here, next to this marker); Medary (approx. one mile away); First Convention in Brookings County (approx. one mile away); Medary Townsite (approx. one mile away); Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Heart of Brookings (approx. 7.9 miles away); Brookings/Hillcrest Park (approx. 8 miles away); Coughlin Campanile (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookings.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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