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Brookings County South Dakota

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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
1. Brookings County South Dakota Marker
Inscription. Home of roving Indians until 1862. The exploring party of Nicollet, scientist, and Fremont, ‘Pathfinder of the West,’ visited Oakwood Lakes July 1838, leaving the first reliable record.

The region East of the Big Sioux was ceded by the Santee Sioux in 1851 that to the west by the Yankton Sioux in 1858. A breastwork was made at Oakwood Lakes in 1859 and occupied again in 1862-63. In 1857 Nobles Wagon Road was built through the county, crossing the Big Sioux over an improved ford. A settlement, Medary, existed there 1857-58 when the Sioux forced its abandonment. Permanent settlement was begun nearby in 1869 by 10 Norwegians with Medary the county seat 1871-79. Another such colony of 31 settled at Lake Hendricks in July 1873. Population increased rapidly after 1877, numbering 4,965 in 1880, and 10,132 in 1890.

Brookings County was created in 1862 and named for Wilmont W. Brookings (1830-1905), prominent pioneer judge and legislator. Until 1873 it included parts of Moody, Lake and Kingsbury Counties. It was organized on July 3rd, 1871 in Martin N. Trygstand’s cabin, 4 miles NW of Medary.

Most towns began in 1879 when the Northwestern R.R. crossed the county, and others when roads pushed North in 1884. Medary, Oakwood and Fountain became ghost towns and Brookings the county seat. In 1881 State College was
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
2. Brookings County South Dakota Marker
established in Brookings, opening its doors in 1884.

Brookings County welcomes you to its 791 square miles of prosperous farms, beautiful lakes, and happy homes.
 
Erected 1958 by Brookings County Commisioners.
 
Location. 44° 21.586′ N, 97° 7.741′ W. Marker is in Arlington, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is at the intersection of Route 81 and E Birch Street, on the right when traveling south on Route 81. Touch for map. U.S. Highway 81 is the border of Brookings and Kingsbury Counties. This marker is only a few feet from Brookings County. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington SD 57212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kingsbury County South Dakota (here, next to this marker); Arlington Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lake County South Dakota (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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