Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Dubuque House
Although Dubuque House was built for visitors and prospective settlers, it may have also served as a meeting hall, freight station and post office. It appears in the field notes and on the first map of Sioux Falls made by a federal surveyor in August, 1859, the only building shown within the town-site.
The primitive hotel was built of rough undressed blocks of Sioux Quartzite, found in the stone outcroppings which surround the Falls of the Big Sioux River. No photographs or sketches of the hotel are known to exist, but it was probably a rough rectangular-shaped structure featuring a single open room with a loft above and a cellar below. Sleeping accommodations were crude, with cloth sack mattresses filled with prairie grasses on rough wooden cots or on the floor, with animal skins and blankets for covers.
With the rest of the town, Dubuque House was abandoned in the Dakota War of 1862 and probably burned by the Santee Sioux. When fort Dakota, D.T., was established in 1865 at what is now the northeast corner of Phillips Avenue and Eight Street, the Sioux Falls town-site was included within the boundaries of the Fort. Not until Fort Dakota was closed in 1869 was the military reservation reopened for civilian settlement. The remains of the Dubuque House were razed and the stones were probably used to begin the construction of the Stevenson Hotel near the intersection of North Main Avenue and Falls Park Drive. Although the hotel’s walls were erected, the building was never completed. However, in 1874, stone from the unfinished Stevenson Hotel was used nearby for the construction of the city’s first brewery.
Location. 43° 33.549′ N, 96° 43.401′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on North 2nd Avenue near East Falls Park Drive. Touch for map. It is at the entrance to the first parking lot for the Falls Park Visitor Information Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland” (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artisans at the Falls (about 600 feet away); In the Name of Progress (about 600 feet away); Monarch of the Plains (about 600 feet away); Prison Quarry (about 600 feet away); The Promise of Electricity (about 700 feet away); Falls Park Bridge (about 700 feet away); Hazel O'Connor (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.