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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Shadehill in Perkins County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Seim, South Dakota

Seim, South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 17, 2020
1. Seim, South Dakota Marker
Inscription.  The little town of Seim slipped below the water and into memory when the Shadehill Dam was built. The town was founded in 1894, named after one of the first pioneer settlers in the area. During its prime in the early 1900s, the town had banks, newspapers, saloons, a post office, general store, hotel, livery, blacksmith shop, restaurant, barber shop, creamery, and school.

At the time, wagons were the most common form of transportation throughout the area. Contrary to a common belief, Seim was not located on the Bismarck-Deadwood Trail, which was south of the Shadehill area. The wagon trail that led out of Seim can still be found to the south of the reservoir.

By 1918, most of the residents had moved because of the routing of the railroad to the north and the building of the highway to the east. This left little Seim nearly a ghost town by the dam was constructed.
Erected 2018 by South Dakota, Game, Fish and Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.

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45° 45.415′ N, 102° 13.806′ W. Marker is near Shadehill, South Dakota, in Perkins County. Marker is on Ketterlings Loop Road, 0.7 miles south of North Cabin Road, on the right. Located in the Shadehill State Recreation Area at Ketterlins Point. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lemmon SD 57638, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hugh Glass (here, next to this marker); Shadehill Dam & Reservoir (here, next to this marker); Hugh Glass - Adventurer (approx. 1.1 miles away); Welcome to the Grand River National Grassland (approx. 4.3 miles away); Public Land Surveying (approx. 4.3 miles away); Great Plains Weather: Land of Extremes (approx. 4.3 miles away); From Bison to Cattle (approx. 4˝ miles away); Quartzite Border Markers/Yellowstone Trail (approx. 13.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shadehill.
Seim, South Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 17, 2020
2. Seim, South Dakota Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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