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

Fur Trapper Ambush

Fur Trapper Ambush Marker <i>(Side one)</i> image. Click for full size.
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1. Fur Trapper Ambush Marker (Side one)
Inscription.  The first Europeans to enter Minnehaha County in search of animal pelts to satisfy the demand abroad for furs may have been French trappers. Some historians believe that trader Charles Pierre Le Sueur, or his men, visited this area as early as 1683. Le Sueur supplied information for a map, published in Paris in 1701, which included a voyageurs road leading from the Mississippi River to the falls of the Big Sioux River.

In the 1850s three men in two canoes heavily laden with fur pelts headed downstream on nearby Split Rock Creek. An Indian warrior shot an arrow from ambush killing trapper Morgan in the lead canoe. Trapper White quickly fired his rifle and killed the warrior. After burying Morgan, White scalped the dead warrior and tacked his scalp to a tree as a warning.

The two remaining trappers then continued downstream to Sioux City. Years later, White returned to the ambush scene to place a marker near Morgan's grave. The exact location of the burial site was lost when the marker was removed by road builders in the 1930s.
Erected 2007 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 43° 35.198′ N, 96° 34.084′ W. Marker is in Brandon, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from South McHardy Road, 0.1 miles south of East Aspen Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Located in McHardy Park in Brandon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brandon SD 57005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McHardy Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Split Rock Creek Tragedy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The City of Brandon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brandon Veteran's Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); 1916 Brandon School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bergeson’s Homestead (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fortified Village (approx. 1.9 miles away); Eminija, Minnesota Territory (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandon.
Fur Trapper Ambush Marker <i>(Side two)</i> image. Click for full size.
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2. Fur Trapper Ambush Marker (Side two)
Fur Trapper Ambush Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
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3. Fur Trapper Ambush Marker, from the north
Split Rock Creek can be seen in the background.
Fur Trapper Ambush Marker, from the south image. Click for full size.
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4. Fur Trapper Ambush Marker, from the south
Nearby Split Rock Creek image. Click for full size.
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5. Nearby Split Rock Creek
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2022. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2022.

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