Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Belle Fourche in Butte County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sheepherder's Monuments

 
 
Sheepherder's Monuments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1992
1. Sheepherder's Monuments Marker
Inscription. Sheepherder's Monuments or stone Johnnies survive the day of the open range. These stone columns were probably built to indicate distance and direction to waterholes and provided the sheepherder with a pastime while tending his flock.
 
Erected 1959 by US Deptartment of the Interior.
 
Location. 44° 58.33′ N, 103° 33.942′ W. Marker is near Belle Fourche, South Dakota, in Butte County. Touch for map. U.S. Highway 85, approx 20 miles North of Belle Fourche. Marker is located on private property in the middle of a barbed-wired pasture. Marker is in this post office area: Belle Fourche SD 57717, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. The site lies on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Park off US-85 in front of the sign that says "Road Closed". From here it's a short 3/4 mile hike up to the top on an asphalt road. The Marker is located up a dirt path bordered with landscaping timbers.

The site used to include a marker identifying the Geographic Center of the Nation as being, "ten miles west of here". Pictures of the old marker, and of the actual site of the Geographic Center, are included here for this reason.

To be better accessible to visitors, the Tri-State
The region to the south of Sheeperder's Hill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1992
2. The region to the south of Sheeperder's Hill
Museum and Center of the Nation Visitor Center in Belle Fourche includes a new marker to commemorate the Geographic Center and an actual sheepherder's monument.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. New Geographic Center of the Nation Marker, at the Center of the Nation Visitors Center.
 
Also see . . .
1. Roadside America entry for the Sheep Herder Monument. According to this site's contributors, this rest area was closed off and abandoned in the late 1990s. As of 2005, the "wooden sign is still there, but fading away." (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. USA Today 3/22/07 says... (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Center of the Nation monument unveiled. An article by Milo Dailey published in the Rapid City Journal on August 22, 2007. (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Nearby Attractions
Belle Fourche, S.D. is near several popular travel destinations, including Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills.
    — Submitted January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyLandmarksNotable Events
 
Here are two stone "Johnnies" image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1992
3. Here are two stone "Johnnies"
View northwest from Sheepherders Hill image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1992
4. View northwest from Sheepherders Hill
The now removed "Geographic Center of The Nation" marker is located in lower left area.
Geographic Center of Nation Sign image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1992
5. Geographic Center of Nation Sign
Formerly at this site was a marker identifying the nearby Geographic Center of the Nation. It read, "The Geographic Center of The Nation Moved from Smith Center, Kansas to South Dakota in 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became states. It is located ten miles west of here near 44 58' N and 103 46' W"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,495 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement