Brookings in Brookings County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hillcrest Park: This is the original tree claim of Marthin Christianson (1847-1928) a native of Gjovik, Norway, who emigrated in 1850 with a large Colony, only 12 of whom survived the cholera plague. Trees were important to Christianson who came to Medary Township, D. T., from Coon Valley, Wisconsin, in 1878. As a ‘spotter’, one who selected which trees were to be cut, at the age of 30 he and his companions became lost in the Wisconsin woods one night. Though the youngest logger in the group, he reasoned that moss grew only on the north side of trees and that a northerly direction would eventually lead them to the clearing. Marthin led the group home. Trees were not always kind to him, for he was injured by one and later spent much of his savings to regain his health. Homesteading the quarter section north of here, Christianson later planted ash, cottonwood, and maple trees and claimed the
Erected 1963 by The Brookings County Historical Society/ Descendents of the Martinson-Christianson Families. (Marker Number 358.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 21, 1881.
Location. 44° 18.677′ N, 96° 46.633′ W. Marker is in Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 6th Street (U.S. 14) and 17th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located on edge of parking lot for Hillcrest Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings SD 57006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coughlin Campanile (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paul Zantow Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Heart of Brookings (approx. 0.9 miles away); Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Medary Townsite (approx. 7 miles away); First Convention in Brookings County (approx. 7 miles away); Medary (approx. 7 miles away); Volga, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookings.
Also see . . . City of Brookings. (Submitted on March 29, 2013, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
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