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Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Rivers and Trails

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 2, 2021
1. Rivers and Trails Marker
Inscription.  One of the oldest American Indians trails in central South Dakota was in use long before white settlement. It ran from Fort Pierre up the Bad River by Midland and Philip and then through Grindstone to the Black Hills. Different bands of people used this trail for centuries.

Another important trail ran between Fort Pierre Chouteau and Fort Laramie on the North Platte River in Wyoming, connecting the important fur trade outposts. This trail was used heavily from 1837-1849, as it was the shortest route between Fort Laramie and the steamboats plying the Missouri River. However, use of the route predated the fur trade. Kiowa and Kiowa-Apache along this rout to the Arikara villages along the Missouri in the old days before the westward expansion of the Lakota disrupted this trade.

In later years, cowboys used parts of these trails, as did homesteaders.

[Photo Caption]
Tin Cup's Camp on the Bad River, Courtesy: Flora Ziemann
 
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission and the Pierre/Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission.
 
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Rivers and Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 2, 2021
2. Rivers and Trails Marker
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Location. 44° 23.378′ N, 100° 23.332′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker is at the intersection of Benjamin Street and Fort Chauteau Road on Benjamin Street. Located near the entrance to the Fort Pierre Chouteau Historic Landmark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2812 Benjamin St, Fort Pierre SD 57532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Pierre Chouteau and the "Yellow Stone" (here, next to this marker); Scotty Philip and his Buffalo Ranch (here, next to this marker); Fur Trade on the Upper Missouri River (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pierre Chouteau (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pierre Chouteau: Fur Trade (1832-1855) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cultures Come Together (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Pierre Chouteau Site (about 500 feet away); Archaeology at Fort Pierre Chouteau (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierre.
 
Fort Pierre Chouteau Sign image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 2, 2021
3. Fort Pierre Chouteau Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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