Brookings in Brookings County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hillcrest Park: This is the original tree claim of Marthin Christianson (1847-1928) a native of Gjovik, Norway, who emigrated in 1850 with a large Colony, only 12 of whom survived the cholera plague. Trees were important to Christianson who came to Medary Township, D. T., from Coon Valley, Wisconsin, in 1878. As a ‘spotter’, one who selected which trees were to be cut, at the age of 30 he and his companions became lost in the Wisconsin woods one night. Though the youngest logger in the group, he reasoned that moss grew only on the north side of trees and that a northerly direction would eventually lead them to the clearing. Marthin led the group home. Trees were not always kind to him, for he was injured by one and later spent much of his savings to regain his health. Homesteading the quarter section north of here, Christianson later planted ash, cottonwood, and maple trees and claimed the site of the present Hillcrest Park. The Timber culture Act provided that a homesteader should plant and grow 10 acres of trees on any 160 acres of land, or 5 acres on any 80 acres, and
Erected 1963 by The Brookings County Historical Society/ Descendents of the Martinson-Christianson Families.
Location. 44° 18.677′ N, 96° 46.633′ W. Marker is in Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 6th Street (U.S. 14) and 17th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on edge of parking lot for Hillcrest Park. Marker is in this post office area: Brookings SD 57006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heart of Brookings (approx. 0.9 miles away); Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Volga, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away).
Also see . . . City of Brookings. (Submitted on March 29, 2013, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2013, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2013, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.