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Murdo in Jones County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Murdo Mackenzie

1906

 
 
Murdo Mackenzie Marker East Face image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 24, 2019
1. Murdo Mackenzie Marker East Face
Inscription.  Mighty few towns have one of them hi-faluting, swank Rolls-Royce type of hyphenated names. In 1904, Murdo Mackenzie, head of the Matador brand, with herds from Mexico to Canada, shipped trainload after trainload of Texas steers to Evarts to graze on good Dakota grass on the Standing Rock Reservation and a grateful railroad named a town for Murdo.

Its first postmaster was John R. McClain, named March 6, 1904; its newspaper, The Coyote, arrived on a wagon from Moore on May 18th, beating the railroad which set its last spike on Murdo townsite 22 June at 8:11 A.M.; all of which preceded the grand opening lot sale on 12 July, when the First State Bank, ancestor of the Jones County State Bank, was the first edifice in Murdo, arriving from shanty town on Stratton's claim just as night fell.

It was 1823 when that Famous Trail Blazer of the West, Jedediah Smight, enroute to Montana from Ft. Kiowa, first saw Jones County and it was also on the American Fur Post trail from the Little White to Ft. Pierre Choteau.

The first county hereabouts was called Mercer by the 1873 legislature, who, after taking a deep breath, planked
Murdo Mackenzie Marker West Face image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 24, 2019
2. Murdo Mackenzie Marker West Face
another named Pratt slap-dab on top. But in 1875 they slid Mercer out from under and set it up in North Dakota. So it was Pratt until 1897 when a Lyman, bigger than several states, supplanted Pratt until they whittled Jones out in 1916 and made Murdo County seat, January 1917.

Another thing, Time shifts here from Central to Mountain but Murdo runs on Central time.
 
Erected 1956 by Jones County Bank and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 158.)
 
Location. 43° 53.192′ N, 100° 42.809′ W. Marker is in Murdo, South Dakota, in Jones County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street (State Highway 248) and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Murdo SD 57559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Reading Brands/Murdo Mackenzie Roadside Park (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Murdo Mackenzie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 24, 2019
3. Murdo Mackenzie Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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