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Fall River in Fall River County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fall River Falls

 
 
Fall River Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
1. Fall River Falls Marker
Inscription. The eight mile long Fall River, winding through Fall River Canyon after the joining of Cold and Hot Brook streams above the city of Hot Springs, tumbles below over an outcropping of sandstone falling about 50 feet to form Fall River Falls, as viewed from the gazebo.
In 1907 the city of Hot Springs built a low dam above the falls directing the 89ºF water through a flume of native wood staves banded with iron rods and wire wrapped. Older residents remember as children walking the 4,00 foot flume to a point below the falls. Upon leaving the flume the water dropped 115 feet to a smaller hydroelectric plant which supplied part of Hot Springs' electrical power until the late 1960's. The white power house and part of the staircase are still visible in the canyon.
There exists, however, a dark undercurrent to the picturesque scene lying below. Multiple drownings have occurred in the waters beneath the falls, and in August of 1995 a tragic triple drowning took place over a two day period. Later, a temporary diversion of the falls revealed a small cave beneath which creates a whirlpool effect in the water that can trap even strong swimmers.
 
Erected by South Dakota Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 43° 24.126′ N, 103° 
Fall River Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. Fall River Falls Marker
24.462′ W. Marker is in Fall River, South Dakota, in Fall River County. Marker is on U.S. 18 near County Route 79F, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hot Springs SD 57747, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hot Springs, SD (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD (approx. 4.1 miles away); Jedediah Strong Smith’s Route - - 1823 (approx. 8.7 miles away); Paha Sapa Limestone (approx. 11.2 miles away); The CCC's Enduring Legacy (approx. 11.2 miles away); Life in a Prairie Dog Town (approx. 12.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Fall River Falls, 5 miles from Hot Springs, S.D. image. Click for full size.
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3. Fall River Falls, 5 miles from Hot Springs, S.D.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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