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Stanley County South Dakota Historical Markers

 
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Sketch by W M. Cary, Harpers Weekly 1868
Marker detail: Fur-traders on the Missouri attacked by Indians
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — American Indians and the Fur Trade
The fur trade worked thanks to American Indians. They harvested buffalo and other furbearers and bartered them to white traders. For a time, this system benefited both the traders and American Indians. Traders relied on the American Indians to . . . — Map (db m124253) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Archaeology at Fort Pierre Chouteau
Archaeology is the study of past human cultures. It teaches us about past events and ways of life. Archaeology also reveals how people lived day-to-day and how they dealt with changes in their environment. Excavation - the exposure, . . . — Map (db m124484) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Cultures Come Together
The fur trade brought American Indian and European American cultures together. Fort Pierre Chouteau, built here by the American Fur Company (A.F.C.) in 1832, provided a place for trade. Sioux hunters brought furs and buffalo hides. They shared . . . — Map (db m124357) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fort Pierre Choteau Trading Post
This tablet marks the site and commemorates the institution of Fort Pierre Choteau Trading Post chief landmark of fur-trading period, 1822 – 1864 on the Upper Missouri River between the Platte and the Yellowstone. Founded, . . . — Map (db m124300) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fort Pierre ChouteauNational Historic Landmark — 1832-1857
The 1803 Louisiana Purchase expanded the United States westward. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and The Corps of Discovery explored the nation's vast new territory on their 1804-1806 journeys. They found an abundance of beaver, buffalo, and . . . — Map (db m124297) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fort Pierre Chouteau SiteNational Historic Landmark
Fort Pierre Chouteau Site has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the History of the United states of America 1991 National Park Service United States . . . — Map (db m124528) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fort Pierre Chouteau: Fur Trade (1832-1855)
The American Fur Company (A.F.C.), John Jacob Astor's enterprise, built Fort Pierre Chouteau in 1832. The fort was named for Pierre Chouteau, Jr., who ran the Western Department of the A.F.C. from St. Louis. The Upper Missouri proved profitable for . . . — Map (db m124299) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fort Pierre Chouteau: Military Occupancy (1855-1857)
Fort Pierre Chouteau's two-year stint as a military fort started in 1855. The Black Hills Gold Rush brought white travelers into lands occupied by American Indians, increasing tensions. The U.S. Army set up forts to protect travelers. Fort Pierre . . . — Map (db m124435) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Fur Trade on the Upper Missouri River
Fur companies made money by bartering trade goods to American Indians and white trappers for furs. The furs were shipped east and sold to make hats and coats. The fur trading posts were near the fur-bearing animals they depended on. They were . . . — Map (db m124298) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — John C. WaldronUnited States Navy Lieutenant Commander
John Charles Waldron was born in Ft. Pierre, SD, on August 21, 1900 and was the youngest of five children born to Charles W. and Jan E. (Van Metre) Waldron, she a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Waldron attended grade school in Fort Pierre . . . — Map (db m123915) HM WM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Lewis and Clark First Sioux Nation Meeting
Near this spot on September 23-28, 1804, the historic first meeting of officials of the United States of America with the great Sioux Nation took place. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Captains William Clark and Meriwether Lewis to explore . . . — Map (db m124828) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Old Deadwood Trail1876-1908
At this point freight from steamships coming up the Missouri River were unloaded onto ox drawn wagons for 200 miles round trip to Deadwood took 30 days. This famous old trail 1876-1887 Northwestern Railway operated what they called the Bull . . . — Map (db m123974) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — South Dakota Railroads
Railroads were economically and socially important in South Dakota. They furthered new settlement, population growth, and community prosperity by recruiting homesteaders and platting townsites. Trains provided passenger traffic, transported farmers’ . . . — Map (db m125193) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Stockgrowers Bank
Incorporated in 1890, Fort Pierre was an important trade center for ranchers. Opening the Great Sioux Reservation to settlement further enhanced the community's business prospects. The Stockgrowers Bank started in a wooden building, but owners C. L. . . . — Map (db m124594) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — The Fort Pierre Plain
Joseph LaFramboise built Fort LaFramboise out of driftwood in 1817 near the mouth of the Bad River. This area is the oldest continually occupied Euro-American settlement in South Dakota. There were several fur outposts on this river plain up . . . — Map (db m124132) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this “Corps of Discovery” to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly . . . — Map (db m124598) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — The Verendrye Site
Explorers Francois and Louis-Joseph Verendrye buried a lead plate here on March 30, 1743, claiming the region for France. The plate documents the Verendryes as the first European explorers on the northern plains. This site serves as proof of early . . . — Map (db m124597) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Translation of the Verendrye Plate
Front ”In the twenty-sixth year of the reign of Louis XV, the most illustrious Lord, the Lord Marquis of Beauharnois being Viceroy, 1741, Pierre Gaultier de La Verendrye placed this.” Back Placed by the Chevalier . . . — Map (db m124593) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Verendrye Explorers
In the 1700s, England, France, and Spain all worked hard to colonize North America. The French king gave Quebec fur trader, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Verendrye, authorization to expand France's hold in the new world. The French moved . . . — Map (db m124591) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Verendrye SiteNational Historic Landmark
Verendrye Site has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1991 National Park Service United States Department . . . — Map (db m124595) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Fort Pierre — Verendrye Tablet Site
Here on March 30, 1743, the Verendryes buried a lead tablet to claim this region for France. This tablet found on Feb. 16, 1913, is the first written record of the visit of white men to South Dakota. Erected by State Historical Society . . . — Map (db m124596) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Hayes — Deadwood Trail Went S.W.
Two famous old trails, the Old Deadwood Trail and the Cherry Creek Indian Trail and Rosebud and all points south crossed this spot in the late 1870’s. Sitting Bull traveled this road from Leslie, S.D. to other reservations and back. Rosebud . . . — Map (db m124094) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Hayes — Early Western Highway
Fur trade route from Missouri River, Ft. Tecumseh (Pierre) to Ft. William (1832). John (1834) later Laramie via Badlands Pass S of Scenic and White and Niobrara Rivers. Harney’s Expedition (1855) to overawe the Sioux and 1876-88 Stage and Wagon . . . — Map (db m101294) HM
South Dakota (Stanley County), Hayes — Plum Creek Waterhole
was best in the territory over 100 years ago. At that time there was a telegraph station, a road ranch, & the Deadwood Stage changed horses here. 3 famous old trails crossed here - Deadwood Trail - Ft Bennet Army trail to Neb. - Cherrycreek Indian . . . — Map (db m101276) HM

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