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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Quartzite Paving Stones

 
 
Quartzite Paving Stones Marker (side one) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
1. Quartzite Paving Stones Marker (side one)
Inscription.  
(side one)

Streets and alleys were paved with stone well into the 20th century. Between 1892 and 1916, 17 contracts were awarded to pave 50 blocks of local streets. Within a few years, the stones were paved over or torn up. Complaints arose about noise and about horses floundering when the stones became wet.

Two nearby residents, Joe Kirby and John Randolph, privately contracted for this stretch of paving stones. Today it shows how streets paved with stone were built in early Sioux Falls.

(side two)
In 1888, a year after the development of a great deposit of quartzite near Sioux Falls, newly opened quarries delivered stone to pave Philips Avenue, the city's first hard-surfaced street. Paving stones were a vast improvement of dirt streets with mud wallows.

A booming quarrying industry furnished paving stones for Sioux Falls, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and other cities. Skillful stonecutters recruited from England, Scotland, and Wales cut thousands of paving blocks from the 1.7-billion-year-old Precambrian rock.
 
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Quartzite Paving Stones Marker (side two) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2019
2. Quartzite Paving Stones Marker (side two)
1999 by Minnehaha County Historical Society and City of Sioux Falls and in honor of Ashley Blake..
 
Location. 43° 33.078′ N, 96° 44.042′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is at the intersection of N Duluth Avenue and 400 N Duluth Avenue on N Duluth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 N Duluth Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Senator R.F. Pettigrew (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prehistoric Prayer Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Divorce Capital (approx. ¼ mile away); The Hanging of an Innocent Man (approx. 0.3 miles away); President Woodrow Wilson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dakota Iron Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Coliseum (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Andrew Kuehn Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Quartzite Paving Stones. (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 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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