Wasta in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Cheyenne River Rest Area
South Dakota's rich western heritage has been remembered along the Interstate highway system at safety rest areas and tourist information centers.
The eight pillars which thrust skyward here merge in the framework of a tipi, the Plains Indian home. The one-by-one and one-half foot concrete lodge poles rise fifty-six feet in the air and weigh six-and-one-half tons each. The structures were executed in an architectural manner reflecting the spartan lifestyle of the nomadic Lakota (Sioux ) Nation.
Beneath each tipi are several concrete isosceles triangles, a basic design of the Lakota Nation, set in a pattern to form a thunderbird, another traditional Indian symbol.
The building which houses the rest rooms and tourist information center is fashioned after the sod houses and dugouts which dotted the South Dakota prairie during pioneering days. This vast area along the Cheyenne River proved to be suitable cattle country, and in the early 1880's provided range for large cattle outfits with herds numbering tens of thousands. Ranches comparable in size do not exist in the area today.
The Cheyenne River flows just west of this rest area. The two branches of the Cheyenne envelop the Black Hills and provide its drainage into the Missouri River at a point approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of here.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 44° 3.891′ N, 102° 26.082′ W. Marker is in Wasta, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Highway 90 at milepost 100. Marker is at the outside wall of the rest area main building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wasta SD 57791, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purple Heart Memorial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri River (approx. 0.3 miles away); World's Only Corn Palace - Mitchell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Native American Culture The Carrol McDonald Post No. 246 (approx. 10.8 miles away); Born of Volcanos (approx. 16.8 miles away); The Big Badlands (approx. 16.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.