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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 4, 2017
Amsdem Dam Marker
South Dakota (Day County), Andover — Amsden Dam
Amsden Dam built by Brown and Day Counties Works Progress Administration W.P.A. Project Number 455 Nineteen Thirty Six — Map (db m101723) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Pierpont — Charles H. Sheldon — Second Governor of South Dakota — 1893 - 1897
Born at Johnson, Vermont, Sept. 12, 1840. His father died when he was 4 and at 6 he was bound out to work on a farm. He had 3 months schooling per year until 14 when, to get better educational opportunity, he got a store job for room and board and . . . — Map (db m91621) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Roslyn — Pioneering in Dakota — Prairie Fires
Pioneering was never easy. In Dakota, drought, and grasshoppers, blizzard, and prairie fires were all occupational hazards. In sparse timbered areas, the settlers lived in dugouts and sod houses, enduring the hardships common to all . . . — Map (db m100890) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — A Room with a View
Fire towers like this were once erected all across the country to help spot wildfires before they got out of control. This tower is 110 feet tall with 133 steps to the top-not for the faint of heart! Into the Trees As you climb to . . . — Map (db m125278) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Changes on the Land
The prairie has been changing for millions of years. Grasses have grown, soil has built up, rocks have eroded, and hillsides have fallen. Rain has been followed by drought, until the rain has returned. Fire would turn the land black, but soon . . . — Map (db m125352) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Potholes and Prairie
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is in the Prairie Pothole Region-a region of the northern Great Plains where shallow wetlands, or potholes, are scattered about the prairie. About 10,000 years ago, glaciers scoured the landscape and gouged out . . . — Map (db m125281) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Saving Men and Beasts
In 1935, when Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established, the country was in the midst of the Great Depression and a severe drought. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attacked the loss of jobs and the threat to natural resources by . . . — Map (db m125277) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Waubay National Wildlife Refuge — Welcome to
From hunting club to Refuge What was once a hunting camp is now a refuge for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to record low . . . — Map (db m125350) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Waubay National Wildlife Refuge — Welcome to
From hunting club to Refuge What was once a hunting camp is now a refuge for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to record low . . . — Map (db m125355) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Waubay — Waubay Wetland Management District
Saving ducks by saving stamps To help restore waterfowl populations that had been wiped out by hunting and drought, Congress passed the migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act in 1934. Under the Act, hunters purchase an annual Federal Duck . . . — Map (db m125353) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Webster — Edgar S. McFadden
The farmers and farm organizations of Day County herewith seek to perpetuate the memory of and appreciation for one of Day County's farmers, agronomist and plant pathologist: Edgar S. McFadden The son of humble Christian parents was born . . . — Map (db m91410) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Webster — Sigurd Anderson — 19th Governor of South Dakota, 1951-1955 — Resident of Webster and Day County Since 1932
Born at Arendal, Norway, January 22, 1904, and came to the United States when three years old, settling in Lincoln County near Canton. Taught history and speech at Webster High School, 1932 to 1935. Completed law course at University of South Dakota . . . — Map (db m91387) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Webster — The Fight at Webster
Following the 1862 Minnesota Indian Uprising where nearly 600 men, women, and children were killed, the United States Army at Fort Wadsworth recruited friendly Indians as scouts to restrict the hostile Indians from white settlements. A half-breed, . . . — Map (db m91405) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Webster — Webster — County Seat of Day County
Founded in 1881 and named for J.P. Webster who homesteaded the townsite. Railroad supply point for Fort Sisseton (Fort Wadsworth) frontier outpost established 20 miles north in 1864. Gateway to Northeastern South Dakota Lake Region whose abundance . . . — Map (db m91379) HM
South Dakota (Day County), Webster — WWII Plane Crash Holds Memories
On October 25th, 1944 at 3:50 P.M. an A26-B two engine medium bomber from the Watertown Army Airbase crashed and burned in a field on the northwest quarter of section 12 of Butler township, which is two miles south and one mile west of this site. . . . — Map (db m91404) HM

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