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

Columbus College

 
 
Columbus College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, January 11, 2016
1. Columbus College Marker
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Columbus College began in 1909 in Chamberlain. S. Dak., and operated there for 12 years. With the inspiration of Bishop Thomas O'Gorman, the all-male prep school, high school, and college were moved to Sioux Falls and reopened in September 1921.

Sixty acres were purchased at this location, and a dormitory, classrooms, and other buildings were constructed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style. It was said the college was intended to become the "Notre Dame of the Midwest."

The curriculum included
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liberal arts, five foreign languages, commercial courses, and four pre professional majors. Many graduates went on to Catholic seminaries. Athletic teams, nicknamed the "Mariners." ruled the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. In 1926 its teams were league champions in all three major sports: football, basketball and track.

Columbus College, an early victim of the Great Depression, closed in 1929. The original buildings remain as part of the 1949 Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 
Erected 2003 by Minnehaha County Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 31.982′ N, 96° 45.399′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha
Columbus College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, January 11, 2016
2. Columbus College Marker
County. Marker is on W. 22nd Street 0.1 miles west of S. Holly Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2501 W. 22nd St., Sioux Falls SD 57117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Department of Veterans Affairs (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Children's Care Hospital & School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battleship X (approx. 0.8 miles away); AAUW Sioux Falls Branch (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (approx. one mile away); The Dubuque House (approx. 2˝ miles away); Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland” (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Amidon Affair (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Columbus College/Royal C. Johnson's Veterans Administration. (Submitted on January 12, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
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Columbus College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, January 11, 2016
3. Columbus College Marker
Current VA Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, January 11, 2016
4. Current VA Medical Center
The original brick building that you see is part of the original college buildings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 12, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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