Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The oldest continuous white settlement in the area of South Dakota.
First visited by Verendrye, who took over for France by planting a lead plate on March 31, 1743. A monument marks the spot. It is over the R.R. track first street to right, on hill to you left .6 miles.
Joseph LaFrombois started first fur post here in 1817 on west bank of Missouri just south of mouth of Bad river. Whites here since then.
Practically on same site, French Fur Co., Pierre D. Papin & Pascual Cerres had post Ft. Teton 1827 sold to Am. Fur Co., 1830. Bad River, then called Little Missouri was site where Father Hoecken on June 12-13, 1840 baptized 25 children, offspring of 13 traders and trappers, among them Dorion, Papin, Halsey, Campbell, Brazeau and Alleron.
All these things happened in limits of Ft. Pierre.
Erected 1955 by R. S. Howe Co. and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 42.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 31, 1743.
Location. 44° 21.386′ N, 100° 22.49′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker is on Native American Scenic Byway (Highway 83) 0.1 miles south of 5th Avenue. The marker is located in the Fort Pierre Depot Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Casey Tibbs (here, next to this marker); Fur Posts (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Pierre (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark / Fort Pierre, South Dakota (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pierre Train Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stanley County Courthouse Veteran's Memorial (about 600 feet away); Stanley County Jail 1905 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Father Christian Hoecken, S.J. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierre.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.