Huron in Beadle County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Where Does the West Begin?/ Here the West Begins
Where Does the West Begin?
Traditionally the American West has begun at the edge of the settled areas, always advancing with the sun. The Delaware River was the West of 1700; the Mississippi of 1820. Then the settlement of the Pacific Slope started the West coming each against the sun. So a new definition was born - instead of geographical barriers, social customs and economics dictated boundaries.
Here the West Begins
The James River is the dividing line between humid and semi-arid territory. Here the annual precipitation is less than twenty inches. Agricultural practices change. Westward the farms become progressively larger - - the towns and cities more generously spaced. Ranching overshadows farming. Scenes of rolling range land, miles of barbed wire fence, frequent watering places, distant buttes and mountains meet the eye. Boots and broad-brimmed hats become the style. It's a great country ! It's the West!
To our first settlers, the Lakotas, who left us clean waters and abundant game; to the early Explorers who mapped the country and pointed the way; to the Homesteaders who brought their families and developed this vast area; to the rugged Pioneers of yesteryear who through drought, blizzard, depression and times of abundance learned to live with the land, to establish
Erected 1957 by Millard G. Scott and State Highway Commission.
Location. 44° 21.801′ N, 98° 13.809′ W. Marker is in Huron, South Dakota, in Beadle County. Marker is on 3rd Street Southwest west of Livestock Ave, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is located at the State Fair grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Huron SD 57350, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); "French Boxcar" (within shouting distance of this marker); Huron, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.