Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Midland in Haakon County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Town of Midland

 
 
Town of Midland Marker (<i>side 1</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2016
1. Town of Midland Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
(side 1)
In 1889 South Dakota was admitted to the union and western South Dakota was opened for settlement. The next year surveying was conducted throughout the summer and the town of Midland, named for its location halfway between the Missouri and the South Fork of Cheyenne River, was established.

Construction started in 1890 when J.C. “Charlie” Russell hauled a load of supplies from Pierre and built the first store in Midland. Also built that year was a hotel and restaurant operated by Addie Avenell. Charles Baker was sworn in as first Postmaster. Charlie Russell later served as Postmaster for 21 years.

The first wedding took place in 1895 when Charlie Russell married Emily Hall’s daughter, Jennie. Their daughter, Grace, was the first born child in Midland and the first of two high school graduates. Several businesses opened in 1904 including a livery stable, the “Western Star” newspaper, and a small furniture and undertaking store.

In 1905 Christopher Hellekson built a grocery store in east Midland and moved it the following year to the present town site operating it until
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
his death in 1916. Also built in 1905 in east Midland and later moved to the present town site was the Bastion Roundhouse. In 1939, owners John and Violet Stroppel added an artesian well for hot mineral baths.
(Continued on other side)


(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
1906 was boom time for Midland. The Bank of Midland was granted a charter, a hardware store was opened and regular train service began. In 1907 fifteen lots were sold ranging in price from $100 for residential property to a $700 corner business lot to J.C. Leggett for a feed business. In May the Great Western Telephone Company’s west bound line arrived and passenger train service to Rapid City began on October 15 and continued until October, 1960.

The Midland State Bank opened in 1908 but closed January 8, 1932. A new schoolhouse was built on the hill in 1909 and opened for classes in 1910. The Bank of Midland opened in 1909 in a new building constructed of Stanley County brick and Black Hills sandstone. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the following years many advances were made in Midland including sidewalks in 1920 (many more built as WPA projects in 1936 and 1939), electricity in 1919, a water system in 1925, a sewer system in 1947-1948, a municipal artesian well in 1960
Town of Midland Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2016
2. Town of Midland Marker (side 2)
and a second one in 1968, and a new water tank and treatment plant in 1982.

Erected 1989 by the Town of Midland and the South Dakota State Historical Society and dedicated as a lasting legacy to the pioneers – past, present, and future.

 
Erected 1989 by The Town of Midland and the South Dakota State Historical Society. (Marker Number 504.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 44° 4.239′ N, 101° 9.454′ W. Marker is in Midland, South Dakota, in Haakon County. Marker is on Main Street west of Bridge Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the grounds of a small city park at the northwest corner of the Main Street/Bridge Street intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midland SD 57552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Midland Pioneer Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spotted Tail Trail (approx. 7˝ miles away).
 
More about this
Town of Midland Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2016
3. Town of Midland Marker (tall view)
marker.
Marker is significantly weathered.
 
Town of Midland Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2016
4. Town of Midland Marker (wide view)
Main Street, Midland, South Dakota (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2011
5. Main Street, Midland, South Dakota (view from near marker)
Midland Geothermal Well (<i>in park, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2011
6. Midland Geothermal Well (in park, near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5, 6. submitted on October 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=124087

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Apr. 20, 2024