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

Neutral Ground

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August 29, 2021
1. Neutral Ground Marker
Inscription.  The area within about a 5 mile radius of this site was considered a neutral area by all Indians. French traders set up a trading post every fall near the big spring. There was no fighting; competing tribes camped side-by-side. However, it is fairly well documented that a renegade Indian tied a trader to a nearby cottonwood tree and burned him at the stake.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative Americans.
Location. 44° 4.615′ N, 98° 34.388′ W. Marker is in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, in Jerauld County. Marker is on 2nd Street Southwest, 0.1 miles west of Dakota Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located in Wessington Springs City Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wessington Springs SD 57382, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Noble's Trail Campsite (here, next to this marker); Municipal Field House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wessington Springs Trivia (within shouting distance of this marker); Wessington Springs' First Home (about
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300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Legion Hill (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Legion Hill (about 800 feet away); Governor Vessey - Father of Mother's Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wessington Springs Roadside Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wessington Springs.
Neutral Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
August 29, 2021
2. Neutral Ground Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2021. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2021. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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