Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Lt. Jonas Lien
After the United States declared war against Spain in 1898, Jonas H. Lien enlisted into the First Regiment of the newly formed South Dakota Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was mustered into federal service at Camp Dewey in Sioux Falls. Lien was appointed first lieutenant and regimental adjutant.
The volunteers sailed to the Philippine Islands where they fought Filipino insurgents. On March 27, 1899, Lien was the first person from Sioux Falls to be killed in action in a foreign war.
Former Mayor Burre Lien donated land for the city’s first park in memory of his younger brother Jonas. As a memorial to Jonas, black stone was quarried from Lien Park for the façade of the 1908 north unit of the original Washington High School. Sioux quartzite was used after the black stone was exhausted.
About 1.2 billion years ago, molten magma flowed up from deep in the earth between two tectonic plates under east-central Minnesota. It flowed underground into Minnehaha County and hardened to become the black stone of the Jonas Lien memorial.
Minnehaha County Historical Society and the
Washington High School Historic Committee
Erected 2005 by The Minnehaha
Location. 43° 32.66′ N, 96° 43.723′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on South Main Avenue south of West 11th Street (State Highway 42), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near the northeast corner entrance to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science (formerly Washington High School) building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 South Main Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First School House 1873 (about 400 feet away); The Government Building (about 700 feet away); Cigar Manufacturing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Dakota, D.T. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Illinois Central Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Orpheum Theater (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Sioux Falls (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
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1. 1LT Jonas H. Lien. When the war with Spain broke out he enlisted in Company I, First Regiment South Dakota Volunteers, and was mustered into service May 4, 1898, as First (Submitted on October 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. The Pavilion was a result of a renovation of Washington High School which was eventually moved to the northeast side of the city. The building is of Neoclassical styling and is architecturally interesting. The building's facade is created from large blocks of Sioux Quartzite, a pinkish quartzite native to the area and seen at the falls of the Big Sioux River. A small portion of the north wing is constructed of black rock which was believed to be black quartzite but is in fact corson diabase, which is hardened liquid magma. (Submitted on October 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.