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Near Hot Springs in Fall River County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive

 
 
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
1. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker
Inscription.  This highway along Fall River is dedicated to Leslie Jensen, 15th Governor of South Dakota 1937-1939, a native of Hot Springs, and a son of Chris Jensen, Black Hills Pioneer and Lillie May Haxby Jensen. Educated in Hot Springs, Culver Military Academy and the University of South Dakota, he took an early interest in the Military and was a Lieutenant in the 4th South Dakota Infantry on the Mexican Border in 1916-17 and when that organization became the 147th Field Artillery in World War I, he went to France with it and was the Regimental Adjutant. Staying with the 147th, he was its Lieutenant Colonel in 1937 when, as Governor, he became his own Commander-in-Chief. Promoted to Colonel in 1941, he took his Regiment to the South Pacific in World War II and when the Regiment was battalionized in 1943, he served with distinction as a Base Commander on the staff of the Commanding General of the Sixth Army. In 1921 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the District of South Dakota serving until 1934 when he returned to Hot Springs and to the telephone business which his father had started in 1894. His administration, in 1937, initiated
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a Highway Construction program of great economic and social benefit to his native state.

Reverse Side

Following US No. 18 East are the Pine Ridge (Oglalla Sioux) Reservation and Agency
 
Erected 1962 by friends of Leslie Jensen and the State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 347.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesWar, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 43° 24.198′ N, 103° 25.212′ W. Marker is near Hot Springs, South Dakota, in Fall River County. Marker is on Fall River Road (U.S. 385) near Hill Side Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13223 Fall River Road, Hot Springs SD 57747, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fall River Falls (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hot Springs, SD (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD (approx. 3˝ miles away); Battle Mountain (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sandstone Architecture of Hot Springs, SD
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker
(approx. 3.8 miles away); An Old Jail - 1888 (approx. 3.8 miles away); John Stevenson Robertson: Pioneer Horticulturalist (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
 
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker Addition image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
3. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker Addition
"Leslie Jensen died 14 December 1964"
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
4. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker Reverse
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
5. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker
Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
6. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2021. Photos:   1. submitted on October 22, 2021.   2. submitted on October 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on October 25, 2021.   4. submitted on October 22, 2021.   5. submitted on October 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on October 22, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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