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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Philander Prescott

Philander Prescott Marker <i>(Side one)</i> image. Click for full size.
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1. Philander Prescott Marker (Side one)
Inscription.  Various explorers may have visited the falls of the Big Sioux River in the 17th and 18th centuries, but there is no definite proof. An early State Historian, Doane Robinson, believed that Charles Le Sueur had visited the falls as early as 1683.

The first Euramerican who recorded his visit to the falls was Philander Prescott in December 1832. An American Fur Company trader, he came west from the Minnesota River with two French trappers and a party of Sioux Indians. The men set up a trading post on the Big Sioux River near present-day Flandreau. Seeking food for the winter, the Sioux Indians found little game and left for a village of Omaha Indians located on the Missouri River.

Prescott, with two men and a two-wheeled horse cart, followed the Sioux and camped overnight near this spot. The next day they continued south for another 40 miles before deciding that further pursuit of the Sioux was useless. Turning back, they camped here a second night before returning to their Flandreau trading post.

Prescott was killed at the Minnesota Lower Sioux Agency during the 1862 Dakota Conflict.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1832.
Location. 43° 33.383′ N, 96° 43.337′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from North Weber Avenue, 0.2 miles south of East Falls Park Drive. Located just north of the Queen Bee Mill ruins in Falls Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hive of the Queen City (within shouting distance of this marker); Inland Seas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Queen Bee Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of Ice and Rock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harnessing the River (about 300 feet away); Namesake of the City (about 300 feet away); Hazel O'Connor (about 300 feet away); Foundation of the City (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Philander Prescott Marker <i>(Side two)</i> image. Click for full size.
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2. Philander Prescott Marker (Side two)
Philander Prescott Marker, from the east image. Click for full size.
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3. Philander Prescott Marker, from the east
Philander Prescott Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
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4. Philander Prescott Marker, from the north
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