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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sherman Park

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

— Centennial 1910-2010 —

 
 
Sherman Park Marker (south side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
1. Sherman Park Marker (south side)
Inscription.  

(South Side)

E.A. Sherman Devoted his life to creating and promoting a park system in Sioux Falls. After unsuccessfully lobbing for the creation of a park commission, Sherman began his legacy with a 1907 election to the city council. In 1907 he ran a "City Beautiful" campaign and was named chairman of the new council park committee.

In 1910, he and his wife Katherine, donated 52 acres to the city to create Sherman Park. With bluffs and river access the land was the perfect site for the expanding city to develop a park.

(East Side)

Sherman's legacy did not end with that donation. In developing a plan for his park, Sherman recognized the need for governance over park lands. In 1911, with his election to the State Legislature, Sherman lobbied for a plan for management of public land. In 1915, Sherman succeeded and the creation of both park boards and operating systems became law. Sherman's law also made it mandatory to have a public vote before selling park lands. All of Sherman's labor paid off as these laws are still in place today.

(West Side)

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Park continues to meet the needs of changing times. The USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial was completed in 1969. A fifth Native American burial mound was constructed in 2001 to replace one that had ben excavated and the softball fields underwent a phased renovation from 2006-2001.

Centennial Garden improvements including a new pergola structure were commissioned by the City of Sioux Falls to celebrate the Centennial of Sherman Park August 14th, 2010.
 
Erected 2010 by City of Sioux Falls.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 43° 32.19′ N, 96° 45.751′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on W Indian Mound Pl. Marker is located at the Sherman Park Centennial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 805 S Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sherman Centennial Plaza (a few steps from this marker); E. A. Sherman (a few steps from this marker); Earth-Hut Villages (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 500 A.D. Copper Knife (about 600 feet away); The Fifth Mound (about 600 feet away); Ceremonial Dance Circle
Sherman Park Marker (east side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
2. Sherman Park Marker (east side)
(about 600 feet away); Sherman Park Indian Burial Mounds (about 700 feet away); Linear Mound (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Sherman Park. (Submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Sherman Park Marker (West Side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
3. Sherman Park Marker (West Side)
Sherman Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
4. Sherman Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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