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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Brown County, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Brown County, South Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Brown County, SD (55) Day County, SD (21) Edmunds County, SD (4) Faulk County, SD (8) Marshall County, SD (36) McPherson County, SD (7) Spink County, SD (12) Dickey County, ND (4) Sargent County, ND (1)  BrownCounty(55) Brown County (55)  DayCounty(21) Day County (21)  EdmundsCounty(4) Edmunds County (4)  FaulkCounty(8) Faulk County (8)  MarshallCounty(36) Marshall County (36)  McPhersonCounty(7) McPherson County (7)  SpinkCounty(12) Spink County (12)  DickeyCountyNorth Dakota(4) Dickey County (4)  SargentCounty(1) Sargent County (1)
Aberdeen is the county seat for Brown County
Adjacent to Brown County, South Dakota
      Day County (21)  
      Edmunds County (4)  
      Faulk County (8)  
      Marshall County (36)  
      McPherson County (7)  
      Spink County (12)  
      Dickey County, North Dakota (4)  
      Sargent County, North Dakota (1)  
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1South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Aberdeen, South Dakota Civil War Memorial
In memory of the soldiers and sailors of 1861—1865. Erected by Robert Anderson W.R.C. No 18. Mustered Out "Liberty has been bought with a great price" "The unselfish workers of our country" "They are beyond the . . . Map (db m112644) WM
2South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Aberdeen, South Dakota Veterans Memorial
To Honor and Remember All Veterans Who Served Our Country and Community In Times of War and Peace Map (db m117822) WM
3South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — 554 — Aberdeen, South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Memorial
(northwest section, side 1) Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lake. From the hills. From the sky: All is well. Safely rest: God is nigh. Fading light. Dims the sight. And a star gems the sky. Gleaming bright. From afar . . . Map (db m112664) HM
4South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Albert D. Sahli
Albert D. Sahli is a native of Aberdeen and a 1947 graduate of Aberdeen Central High School. Coach Sahli received his bachelor's degree in 1951 and master's in 1956, both from Northern State University. Coach Sahli's coaching career began in . . . Map (db m112035) HM
5South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Andrew Melgaard
This statue erected in memory of Andrew Melgaard Pioneer Who Presented this park to The City of AberdeenMap (db m90518) HM
6South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Baird Park
Dedicated to the memory of Kent and Vera Baird Prominent Residents of Aberdeen from 1925 - 1980 This portion of the Baird farm was donated by Roger, Virginia and Howard Baird in 2001 to the citizens of Aberdeen for their use as a park . . . Map (db m112670) HM
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7South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Brown County Courthouse
Brown County Courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1904 Map (db m130661) HM
8South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Clark Swisher
Clark Swisher was a native of Vermillion, South Dakota and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1934. He want on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in 1938 from the University of South Dakota. Coach Swisher began his coaching career at high . . . Map (db m112037) HM
9South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Dacotah Prairie Museum
This Property has been Placed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m130697) HM
10South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Donald S. Reshetar
Don Reshetar is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and a 1947 graduate of Minneapolis South High School. Coach Reshetar graduated with his bachelor's degree from Augustana College, in 1951 and master's degree from Northern State University in . . . Map (db m112036) HM
11South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — 508 — F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse
Two German-language newspapers, Dakota Freie Press (DFP) and Neue Deutsche Presse (NDP), were located a short distance from here at 524 South Main St. Owner and editor, Friedrich Wilheim Sallet, emigrated from East Prussia and published DFP for . . . Map (db m90571) HM
12South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church has been placed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1904Map (db m131077) HM
13South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — GROW! Aberdeen, SD - Absolutely! Aberdeen
This sculpture was commissioned by Absolutely! Aberdeen for the GROW! Campaign. It symbolizes Absolutely! Aberdeen's commitment to promote growth in and around the Aberdeen area. Each piece of the sculpture represents a specific element that we . . . Map (db m90799)
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14South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — James Kretchman
James Kretchman is a native of Faulkton, S.D. He first started his Northern experience as a scholar athlete in the 1950's. While playing football under Coach Clark Swisher Coach Kretchman earned Little All-American honors and he is still amongst . . . Map (db m112033) HM
15South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — L. Frank Baum, Author — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum was born May 15, 1856, in Chittenango, New York. He held a variety of jobs from actor to newspaper man to traveling salesman before settling in Aberdeen with his family in 1888. Baum first opened a variety store called . . . Map (db m210350) HM
16South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Leo J. Weber
"All people are like kids, they never grow old." Leo J. Weber Storybookland Sculptor and Florist 1910 - 1997 Map (db m112653) HM
17South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Masonic Temple, Aberdeen
The Masonic Temple Has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1899Map (db m145323) HM
18South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Northern State University Veterans Memorial
World War II Plaque In Memory of Students and Faculty of NSC Who Served in WWII NSC Vets Club Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24 Korea and Vietnam Plaque In Memory of Students and . . . Map (db m150923) WM
19South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Northern State University World War I Memorial
World War I Plaque a. This Archway Erected By The Classes of 1916, '17, '18, '19 and '20 Northern Normal and Industrial School Dedicated to the Four Hundred and Forty-Two Students, Alumni and . . . Map (db m150644) WM
20South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — South Dakota Boy's State — Home of
Founded on N S T C Campus 1940 (American Legion Logo) Charles Dalthorp      Ivan Huntsinger Dr. Harry R. Darling      Judge Harry E. Mundt N. Peter Wenge Map (db m114786) HM
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21South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — Swisher Field — Clark Swisher
Left Side Clark Swisher's Commitment to N.S.U. and his Efforts for the Community, Exemplify his Love of athletics And his desire For students To achieve Educational Excellence. Right Side Head . . . Map (db m112032) HM
22South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — T. Clarkson Gage Homestead
Homesteaded by T. Clarkson Gage Pioneer 1881 Father of Matilda J. Gage SW 1/4 – sec. 4 – 123 – 64Map (db m206775) HM
23South Dakota, Brown County, Aberdeen — The Great Northern Railroad Depot
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1906Map (db m91243) HM
24South Dakota, Brown County, Bath — Bath, South Dakota
At this site on June 22, 1989, The State Centennial Wagon Train with 44 wagons made their noon stop. Over 700 people welcomed the wagon train with an old fashioned BBQ and entertainment.Map (db m90516) HM
25South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — Waterfowl
Perhaps our best known group of birds, waterfowl species such as ducks, geese and swans have webbed feet and water repellent feathers that allow them to float and swim easily. Often striking in plumage, waterfowl are found in a variety of watery . . . Map (db m102937) HM
26South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — 318 — Columbia — 1879
Located at the mouth of Elm River, Columbia has a notable history. Here was the wintering place of Waneta "Cuthead Band"of Yanctonaise Sioux. Here was the site of the scout's camp from which in 1866, Sam J. Brown started his famous "ride in . . . Map (db m179946) HM
27South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — Columbia Marsh
A Wetland Enhancement Project Developed by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Council on Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge to improve North America's . . . Map (db m103078) HM
28South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — 686 — Daly Corners
In 1880, John Daly and his four sons - George, John Charles ("JC"), Edward and Austin arrived at this location from Michigan. It was here that "Daly Corners" started. On the northwest corner was J.C. Daly's tree claim and his homestead was on . . . Map (db m206716) HM
29South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — 570 — Father Alexandra Ravoux
In 1845 near this spot in a Cuthead Indian village Father Alexandra Ravoux celebrated the first mass of record in South DakotaMap (db m206668) HM
30South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — 580 — Hamlin Garland
who rose to distinction in American Letters resided on this spot 1881-1884 Here stood the Garland Homestead where he began his first book "Main Travelled Roads"Map (db m206717) HM
31South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge — Welcome to
Sand Lake National Wildlife refuge, a 2,498 acre refuge, was established in 1935 to protect critical nesting and migrating habitat for our nation's waterfowl. The James River, which flows through the refuge, was dammed by the Civilian Conservation . . . Map (db m102938) HM
32South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — Sand Lake's Observation Tower — …A Bird's Eye View
This 108-foot tower was built by the Civilian Conservation corps in 1936. The Sand Lake CCC camp ran from 1925 through 1939 and housed several hundred men. They built many of the dikes, fences, and facilities you see on the Refuge today. The . . . Map (db m103080) HM
33South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — Songbirds — Neotropical Migrants
"Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are now strangely silent, where once they were filled with the beautiful bird song." Silent Spring, . . . Map (db m102940) HM
34South Dakota, Brown County, Columbia — The View from the Top
WEST Looking to the west, the giant Canada goose pens and display pool are below you. In the spring and summer, you'll see the giant Canada geese raising their goslings in the area. Just beyond the goose area is the tree-lined Refuge . . . Map (db m103079) HM
35South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — 548 — Aurland
(east side) History The united Norwegion Luthern church. In memory of the pioneer members of the Aurland congregation, organized in 1885. Rev Rogne was the first Pastor. The services wer held in homes & school houses until when in . . . Map (db m206714) HM
36South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — 616 — Colin Campbell Fur Post
On this spot stood Colon Campbell Fur Post 1822 - '28 The very important Sioux, Waneta was born near this place 1794 - 1848Map (db m128448) HM
37South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — Frederick, South Dakota Veterans Memorial
In Honor and Memory of our Men and Women Who have Served Our Country in all Branches of the Service. This Tribute was Partially Funded by the July 4, 2003 Celebration that Included an Awards Ceremony, Parade, and B-1 . . . Map (db m137487) WM
38South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — In Memoriam
On June 22, 1883 Mrs. Matt (Valborg) Hanhela became the first Finnish settler here to die (in childbirth). She and her infant son were the first to be buried here. Their grave is unmarked and unknown. Ten acres of land for this cemetery and for . . . Map (db m206651) HM
39South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — In Memory of the Finnish Pioneers — 1882 — 1955
(south side) Finnish Pioneer Settlers of Other Savo Area Twps. in Territory qf Dakota. 1882–1886 Names of Finnish pioneers. Ada Twp. 129 Range 61. Wm. Pφykkφ N.W.14. Markku Rusko S.E.22. Michael . . . Map (db m206705) HM
40South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — Old Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church — National Register of Historic Places
This property Old Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m206650) HM
41South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — Philip Cain Gelling Homestead
A pioneer in Brown County, Philip Cain Gelling was born on the Isle of Man in 1849. He came to the Dakota Territory from Illinois in 1882 and homesteaded on this site. Philip married Elizabeth Johnson in 1887. From that union 8 children were . . . Map (db m169929) HM
42South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — Savo Hall — National Register of Historic Places
Savo Hall has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built 1899Map (db m206662) HM
43South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — 319 — Savo Monument
This monument was created to forever make available the story of those Finnish people who early came to Brown and Dickey Counties, and settled there. Erected by the Savo Finnish Historical Society under the direction of John G. Peterson, the . . . Map (db m206703) HM
44South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — 92-B — South Dakota — You Are Entering
Created with its twin, North Dakota, 2 November 1889, its 77,047 square miles ranks 15th in size. Those square miles include; exceptional corn land in the SE, grass land in the W, wheat land in the N and Productive land all over. Its lowest point, . . . Map (db m177397) HM
45South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — The First Frederick School
The First Frederick school house was built in 1883. Main-building was built in 1922 with four year curriculum. The Original bell of Frederick school. Purchased with money raised by student entertainment in April 1888. Park . . . Map (db m137490) HM
46South Dakota, Brown County, Frederick — Tveit Homestead
Site of the Tveit Homestead Claimed in October 1882 by Iver Lars Tveit Iver brought his bride Marta here in 1883, then his parents Lars & Ragnhilde in 1885 These Tveits were born and raised here: Lewis, Belle, Hilda, . . . Map (db m206665) HM
47South Dakota, Brown County, Groton — Groton South Dakota Veteran's Memorial
Dedicated to All Area Veterans All Gave Some Some Gave AllMap (db m101735) HM
48South Dakota, Brown County, Houghton — 515 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp BF-2 (Sand Lake): 2 1/2 miles W and 2 1/2 miles S at headquarters. Company: 2749--6/28/35 - 7/31/39. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal work-relief program during the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1942, the CCC provided work . . . Map (db m100979) HM
49South Dakota, Brown County, Houghton — 424 — Ralph Herseth — Twenty-First Governor
Ralph Herseth, 1909 - 1969, was born on a ranch near Houghten and grew to manhood here. He graduated from Columbia High School and attended North Dakota State College. As a farmer - rancher, he raised wheat, corn, and Aberdeen Angus cattle and . . . Map (db m180972) HM
50South Dakota, Brown County, Houghton — Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
A Wetland of International Importance (Marker 1) Wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They improve our quality of life by providing us with clean water, food, flood control, and many forms of recreation. . . . Map (db m100980) HM
51South Dakota, Brown County, Mansfield — John Mansfield
John Mansfield Founder Mansfield Dak Territory 1882Map (db m90531) HM
52South Dakota, Brown County, Stratford — Oakwood Post
Oakwood post, established in 1835 by Major Joseph R. Brown for the American Fur Company, was an early trading post in Brown County. French explorers called it “place of the scrub oaks,” a landmark used by Indians and Whites alike. Pierre Le . . . Map (db m187060) HM
53South Dakota, Brown County, Stratford — Stratford Veterans Memorial
"Lest We Forget" Dedicated to all the Veterans of the United States of America and to those who will come after us for their Service to God and CountryMap (db m90796) WM
54South Dakota, Brown County, Westport — Madison Gregory — 1848-1885
Madison Gregory was born in Huron County, Ohio in 1848. He married Ester Randall on December 26, 1870 in Kankakee County, Illinois. Three daughters were born to them in Kankakee County-Lillie Gregory Martin, Jennie Gregory, and Ethel Gregory . . . Map (db m125356) HM
55South Dakota, Brown County, Westport — Pioneers with Unknown Grave sites in Westport Cemetery — Memorial to
"Grant Tooker, one of the early settlers, told of the first burial at Westport. In the late fall of 1883 a man named Albright died of consumption. He lived west of town. No one would volunteer to dig the grave, but when Grant's father offered to . . . Map (db m125357) HM
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Jan. 30, 2023