Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In 1982 Dale Weir and his wife and business partner Dorothy purchased the attractive prairie that had been O'Hanlon's Addition to East Sioux Falls. They built a summer home and access roads and added aerators to keep quarry waters ice free for wildlife. In 1999 the Weirs gave the property to the City of Sioux Falls for use as a nature park. They chose the name "Arrowhead" for their 131-acre gift because, as seen from the air, one quarry resembles an arrowhead.
The Weirs wanted to save the park area in its natural state, to carefully preserve the trees, shrubs, and grasses, to maintain habitat for the birds and Many wild prairie animals, and to ensure populations of fish and waterfowl in the quarry ponds.
Another attractive feature of the park is the unusual 1888 barn which served as a stable for the quarry company. It is believed to have been designed by the famed architect Wallace Dow.
Because of the vision and generosity of Dorothy and Daile Weir in choosing to give this unique area to the people of this region, succeeding generations will be enriched . Children will have an ideal place to learn about nature and local history, and those of all ages will have a place to experience solitude and to relate to the natural world. The people of Sioux Falls owe to the Weirs a lasting debt of gratitude.
Erected 2004 by Minnehaha County Historical Society and funded by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
Location. 43° 31.538′ N, 96° 36.762′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on South River Bluff Road. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The City of East Sioux Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Helen Gale McKennan (approx. 5˝ miles away); Sioux Falls Municipal Band (approx. 5˝ miles away); Lady Liberty (approx. 5.6 miles away); Pillars of the Nation (approx. 5.6 miles away); Lost Bird (approx. 5.8 miles away); Illinois Central Depot (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Government Building (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Also see . . . Arrowhead Park. (Submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.