Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Big Slide
Between about 1913 and 1920, adventurous children and adults could enjoy exciting rides on a giant plank-and-timber, tin-lined slide which began near this marker. The slide was the creation of Edwin A. Sherman, a local real estate investor and businessman, who eventually was recognized as "the father of the Sioux Falls park system."
The nearly 300-foot long slide began with a steep 100-foot plunge. It leveled off over the park road below so that a horse and buggy easily passed underneath. After a second drop. the slide banked
and curved to the west where the roller coaster-like ride ended.
Steps were built to the top of the bluff to make return trips easier. Sliders used waxed paper for speed. And they used cushions of carpet remnants or burlap sacks for comfort because the afternoon sun made the tin-sheet lining of the slide unbearably hot.
In time the wooden slide deteriorated and became unsafe. It was dismantled and removed after providing thrills for several years for those daring enough to challenge "the big slide."
Topics. This historical marker is Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 43° 32.034′ N, 96° 45.897′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is located in Sherman Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3410 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fifth Mound (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mound Builders Village (about 600 feet away); Ceremonial Dance Circle (about 800 feet away); Linear Mound (about 800 feet away); Indian Burial Mounds (about 800 feet away); Sherman Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); E. A. Sherman (approx. ¼ mile away); Sherman Centennial Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.