Presho in Lyman County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
How Come They Called it Presho
Wal partner, in 1862 when the Civil War was being fit and Dakota Territory took in everything South of Canada to the Rocky Mountains, the legislature gave a ferry license across the Old Muddy down at Yankton to J.S. Presho. Come 1872 they were casting round for a name to call a great big new country they were carving out of the Great Sioux Reservation. Someone said Presho and that was it. It was 1889 til the Guvment started to small down that big reservation and let white folks in. The whites came on filtering in and hankering for mail. Chris Hellekson allowed he’d try postmastering and on June 30, 1891 they gave him Presho P.O. and we’ve been growing by jerks and slow motion since, a peddling cattle and shipping hay. Why in 1915 we shipped out mor’n 20 train loads of hay and that was a record, son. Only one other point ever shipped that much hay in one year. That same legislature that set up Presho started a little dinky county down on the river and called it Lyman for Major W.P. Lyman, one of Presho’s ferry customers. You know what! That little dinky Lyman County just plum swallowed up that big Presho. And them’s all facts, folks.
Erected 1955 by Breshokiva Club and State Highway Commission.
Location. 43° 54.1′ N, 100° Touch for map. Marker is located in the Lyman County Museum Grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Presho SD 57568, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lyman County, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Medicine Creek Rest Area (approx. 4˝ miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.