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

The Amidon Affair

 
 
The Amidon Affair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 1, 2007
1. The Amidon Affair Marker
Inscription. The 1862 Sioux Uprising, a result of unjust government treatment, claimed many Indian and non-Indian lives. Near this place on August 25, 1862, two of its victims, Judge Joseph B. Amidon and his son, William, were killed while making hay on their claim which was a mile north of their cabin in Sioux Falls.

Amidon was a County Probate Judge, Treasurer and Commissioner appointed by Governor Jayne and the Territorial Legislature. When he and William failed to return home at sundown, Mrs. Amidon became alarmed and sought help from the Dakota Calvalry detachment in the village. A search was to no avail, but their bodies were found in the morning. Joseph died of a single bullet wound, William was riddled with arrows.

George B. Trumbo brought their bodies back to the village. Later, Sgt. Jesse Buel Watson, Company A, Dakota Cavalry, reported, “we picked up the bodies and buried them in a cemetery…(on what is now)…North Duluth Avenue.”

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In the opinion of John Renville and Joseph Laframboise, veteran fur traders and plainsmen, the Amidons were slain by members of the band of the warrior White Lodge. He was under orders from Chief Little Crow, Indian leader in the “Dakota War”, to drive
The Amidon Affair Marker, side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 1, 2007
2. The Amidon Affair Marker, side 2
white settlers from the Sioux Valley. Pure chance placed the Amidons in the path of White Lodge’s scouting party.

Two days later, orders came by courier from Governor William Jayne to abandon Sioux Falls and seek shelter at the Territorial Capitol at Yankton. Settlers and soldiers together hastily set out in a wagon train before sundown.

Following the settlers flight to Yankton, Sioux Falls remained abandoned until the establishment of Fort Dakota by federal troops in 1865, when settlement was resumed.

Joseph B Amidon was born in Connecticut in 1801. He came to Sioux Falls from Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife Mahala, son William and daughter Eliza, sometime before 1860.


 
Erected 1991 by Minnehaha County Historical Society, The Souoth Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 43° 34.45′ N, 96° 42.704′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on North Street 0.2 miles north of Maple Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in a cul de sac .2 miles past Maple Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the
The Pioneer Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 1, 2007
3. The Pioneer Memorial
Honors the early settlers who faced the harsh and lonely prairie, the ferocity of the elements, and the uncertainty of their fate in this new land. Between 1856 when Sioux Falls City was platted and 1889 when South Dakota achieved statehood, they built homes, farms and businesses and planted their family roots in Minnehaha County. This Sioux quartzite obelisk was erected in their memory in 1949.
crow flies. Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland” (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Dubuque House (approx. 1.2 miles away); AAUW Sioux Falls Branch (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (approx. 3.2 miles away); Battleship X (approx. 3.3 miles away); Department of Veterans Affairs (approx. 3.6 miles away); Columbus College (approx. 3.6 miles away); Children's Care Hospital & School (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
The Pioneer Memorial Block image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 1, 2007
4. The Pioneer Memorial Block
Plaque on Pioneer Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 1, 2007
5. Plaque on Pioneer Memorial
Memorial to the Pioneers of Minnehaha County, 1856-1889, Erected by the Minnehaha County Historical Society, 1949.
View of Sioux Falls from the Amidon Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, October 5, 2008
6. View of Sioux Falls from the Amidon Marker site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2016, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 5, 2016, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.
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