Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Amidon Affair
Amidon was a County Probate Judge, Treasurer and Commissioner appointed by Governor Jayne and the Territorial Legislature. When he and William failed to return home at sundown, Mrs. Amidon became alarmed and sought help from the Dakota Calvalry detachment in the village. A search was to no avail, but their bodies were found in the morning. Joseph died of a single bullet wound, William was riddled with arrows.
George B. Trumbo brought their bodies back to the village. Later, Sgt. Jesse Buel Watson, Company A, Dakota Cavalry, reported, “we picked up the bodies and buried them in a cemetery…(on what is now)…North Duluth Avenue.”
Two days later, orders came by courier from Governor William Jayne to abandon Sioux Falls and seek shelter at the Territorial Capitol at Yankton. Settlers and soldiers together hastily set out in a wagon train before sundown.
Following the settlers flight to Yankton, Sioux Falls remained abandoned until the establishment of Fort Dakota by federal troops in 1865, when settlement was resumed.
Joseph B Amidon was born in Connecticut in 1801. He came to Sioux Falls from Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife Mahala, son William and daughter Eliza, sometime before 1860.
Erected 1991 by Minnehaha County Historical Society, The Souoth Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is August 25, 1862.
Location. 43° 34.45′ N, 96° 42.704′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on North StreetTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57101, 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. Magma (approx. 0.4 miles away); South Dakota Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (approx. 0.8 miles away); Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland” (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Dubuque House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Artisans at the Falls (approx. 1.2 miles away); In the Name of Progress (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Promise of Electricity (approx. 1.3 miles away); Monarch of the Plains (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2016, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 5, 2016, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.