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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Minnehaha 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> Minnehaha County, SD (308) Lake County, SD (16) Lincoln County, SD (19) McCook County, SD (4) Moody County, SD (16) Turner County, SD (6) Lyon County, IA (3) Pipestone County, MN (11) Rock County, MN (1)  MinnehahaCounty(308) Minnehaha County (308)  LakeCounty(16) Lake County (16)  LincolnCounty(19) Lincoln County (19)  McCookCounty(4) McCook County (4)  MoodyCounty(16) Moody County (16)  TurnerCounty(6) Turner County (6)  LyonCountyIowa(3) Lyon County (3)  PipestoneCountyMinnesota(11) Pipestone County (11)  RockCounty(1) Rock County (1)
Sioux Falls is the county seat for Minnehaha County
Adjacent to Minnehaha County, South Dakota
      Lake County (16)  
      Lincoln County (19)  
      McCook County (4)  
      Moody County (16)  
      Turner County (6)  
      Lyon County, Iowa (3)  
      Pipestone County, Minnesota (11)  
      Rock County, Minnesota (1)  
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1South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Baltic — 655 — John Thompson, Pioneer / Early Settlers' Association
John Thompson, Pioneer (1841-1913) John Thompson arrived in America in 1854. He was a 13-year-old orphan who had lost his parents and sister to cholera during the long journey from Meraker, Norway. He was raised by an aunt in . . . Map (db m181288) HM
2South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Baltic — Willow Creek Lutheran Church
Incoming Norwegian pioneers homesteaded in this area in the early 1870s, and many of these newcomers built homes on the high ground overlooking Willow Creek. Some lived in dugout homes carved into hillsides, while others used the tough, thick . . . Map (db m205269) HM
3South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Bergeson’s HomesteadBig Sioux Recreation Area
The house was built around 1869 by Ole and Soren Bergeson, two brothers who had immigrated to America from Norway with their parents in 1851. Ole was one of the first settlers to homestead in Split Rock Township where he and his wife, Bergitta, . . . Map (db m183964) HM
4South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Brandon Veteran's Memorial
Brandon Veteran's Memorial United States of AmericaMap (db m181915) WM
5South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — 665 — Eminija, Minnesota Territory
In May of 1857, land speculators from the Dakota Land Company, of St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, surveyed and located the town site of Eminija in this immediate area. Eminija was the Santee Sioux Indian name for the Split Rock River . . . Map (db m198935) HM
6South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Fortified Village
In 1922 pioneer archeologist Dr. W. H. Over recorded the Brandon Village site, the only documented prehistoric fortified village in Minnehaha County. It is located one-half mile west of this spot, on top of a narrow ridge 85 feet above the flood . . . Map (db m198934) HM
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7South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Fur Trapper Ambush
The first Europeans to enter Minnehaha County in search of animal pelts to satisfy the demand abroad for furs may have been French trappers. Some historians believe that trader Charles Pierre Le Sueur, or his men, visited this area as early as 1683. . . . Map (db m198826) HM
8South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — McHardy Park
In 1870, Thorsten Lee homesteaded what is now part of McHardy Park. In 1972, owners Dr. Bryson and Hazel McHardy donated 35.85 acres of that land to Brandon Lions Club for park development. In 1973, lacking funds, the Lion's turned the property over . . . Map (db m198825) HM
9South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Split Rock Creek Tragedy
Split Rock Creek is an unpretentious waterway that rises northeast of Ihlen, MN, and wanders through rich farmlands and quartzite walls until it joins the Big Sioux River approximately two miles southwest of this spot. In July 1879, this tranquil, . . . Map (db m198824) HM
10South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — Swedona Evangelical Covenant Church
A group of emigrants from Sweden gathered in Lockport, Illinois, in the mid-1870s and dispatched N.J. Ronlund to inspect potential farmland near the Swedona settlement in Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory. Upon receiving his favorable report, 33 . . . Map (db m205270) HM
11South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — 674 — The City of Brandon
For hundreds of years, the land on which Brandon is situated was the home and hunting grounds of Native Americans. A prehistoric village site and numerous burial mounds are located nearby. Many early Brandon area settlers were of Norwegian descent; . . . Map (db m181916) HM
12South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Brandon — 688 — The Eminija Mounds
The Eminija Mounds, the largest and most numerous burial mound group in South Dakota, were built by Native Americans of the Late Woodland Period and may date from 500 to 1000 A.D. The original group consisted of at least 38 dome-shaped burial . . . Map (db m198936) HM
13South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Colton — Colton Public Schools(1880-1967)
Town founder John E. Colton is generally recognized as the driving force behind the establishment of a school district and three of a series of four public schools which met the educational needs of local children for 87 years. Colton was an . . . Map (db m205268) HM
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14South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Colton — John Edmund Colton / Founding of Colton
John Edmund Colton John E. Colton was born in Wisconsin in 1857. In April 1878 he moved to Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory, where he filed a preemption homestead claim to 160 acres of land. He remained on the land for 90 days, as required by . . . Map (db m186912) HM
15South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Colton — South Dakota Central
Following the establishment of the 1897 Taopi Creamery at the future townsite of Colton, discussions began about the need for a farm-to-market railroad. Paul F. Sherman of Sioux Falls and John E. Colton, village founder, spearheaded a movement to . . . Map (db m186914) HM
16South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Colton — Taopi
In 1878 John B. Goddard and his family left their home near Taopi, Minn., and traveled by horse-drawn wagons to this site. They settled here in Dakota Territory, a sparsely populated area three miles beyond the end of the trail. With his son . . . Map (db m186910) HM
17South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — Benton Lutheran Church
Unfavorable economic conditions in Sweden in the mid-1800s led many young people to search for a better life in America. In 1873 brothers Ben and Carl Johnson, Halmstad, Sweden, became the first Swedish immigrants to homestead in Benton Township. As . . . Map (db m187010) HM
18South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — Old Nidaros Church Replica
The Little Nidaros Church is a replica of the Old Nidaros Church that was built in 1878 and is now located in Renner. Art Moe was inspired to build a replica as he daily drove past the Old Church on his way to work. Following retirement, Moe worked . . . Map (db m187027) HM
19South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — Old Nidaros Replica Church
Built and donated by Arthur O. Moe Dedicated August 15, 1993 125th Anniversary of Nidaros Organized August 12, 1868Map (db m187033) HM
20South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — Oyen-Person Log Cabin
During the winter of 1880-1881, Iver Oyen made a number of ten-mile round trips between his homestead claim and a stand of timber along the Big Sioux River. After he felled, dressed, and debarked large cottonwood and maple trees, his team of horses . . . Map (db m187021) HM
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21South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — Peter Byg, Prairie Fire Victim
Peter Byg was born near the tiny village of Halk, South Jutland, Denmark. After emigrating to America, in time he settled on a claim located 2½ miles southwest of this spot. He built a sod dugout house where he lived with his wife, Anna Raven, and . . . Map (db m187016) HM
22South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Crooks — To God Be The Glory!
The Nidaros Norwegian Lutheran Congregation, the first church in Minnehaha County, was organized by fifty pioneers on August 12, 1868, at the sod home of John and Kirsti Thompson on the west bank of the Big Sioux River about three miles southeast of . . . Map (db m187017) HM
23South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Dell Rapids — Dell Rapids
Minnehaha Co. - Population 2145 in 1965 Named after the dells and rapids of the Big Sioux River, which flows through the town and reminded settlers of the dells of the Wisconsin River. First surveyed in 1859 and sub-divided in 1864. . . . Map (db m208403) HM
24South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Dell Rapids — Mill Wheel
Mill wheel from first flour mill in Minnehaha County Established 1872 at Dell RapidsMap (db m208409) HM
25South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Dell Rapids — Railroad Caboose
This caboose was donated to the city of Dell Rapids by L.G. Everist Inc. in appreciation to the Milwaukee Railroad for 100 years of service to the Dell Rapids Community. The Milwaukee Railroad first arrived in Dell Rapids on September 17th, . . . Map (db m208398) HM
26South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Dell Rapids — To Gina Smith Campbell
whose vision and industry led to the establishment of the Dell Rapids Bathing Beach in 1917, this building is respectfully dedicated this 4th day of July, 1934 Built by the Dell Rapids Park Board and the city council in co-operation with the . . . Map (db m208405) HM
27South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — 690 — 1908 Palisades Bridge
In 1908 the Western Bridge and Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska, built this Pratt-Through Truss Bridge. Workers fastened beams together with diagonal bracing to create a strong rigid framework. Each beam of a truss bridge shares a portion of the . . . Map (db m184708) HM
28South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Eleven Original Pioneer Families
Within short distance of this hill of peace eleven original pioneer families came in 1873 to claim the land and to give us birth Johannes E. Berdahl · Mrs. Lars Brandvold · C. O. Henjum · Synneve Henjum · Thor Hermanson · Olaus . . . Map (db m208421) HM
29South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Festival of Progress
Side 1 The Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) granted a $410,000 relief loan to South Dakota in 1932, the third year of the Great Depression, Garretson became one of five towns in the county allotted funds. Its City Council then . . . Map (db m188833) HM
30South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Garretson
Two events in the 1870s in eastern Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory, provided the stimulus leading to the beginning of the town of Garretson. The first was the founding of the now-vanished village of Palisade, often referred to as Garretson’s . . . Map (db m69089) HM
31South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Norway Lutheran Church
Norway Lutheran Church was established by Norwegian-American pioneers on March 23, 1874 in Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory. They met in sod houses, schools and a lean-to until the building was completed. Land, where the church could be seen and . . . Map (db m208420) HM
32South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Norway Lutheran Church
This bell that called the people to worship is placed here to the memory of the men and women who endured the dangers and hardships of pioneer life, and still found time and money to build churches for themselves and for those who should follow . . . Map (db m208422) HM
33South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Palisades State ParkPalisades Townsite / Patten's Mill / The Gristmill
Palisades State Park Palisades State Park began with an initial gift of 20 acres from Mrs. Winona Axtell Lyon in 1947. During the next twenty years, smaller tracts were added to the park as money to purchase them became available. In 1969, . . . Map (db m208240) HM
34South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — St. Paulus Lutheran
One of the deepest desires of Norwegian immigrants who settled in this area of the Slip-Up Creek was to have a church where they and their children might hear the saving gospel. On December 17, 1873, O. O. Sando, a circuit-riding preacher who served . . . Map (db m208419) HM
35South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — The Legend of Jesse JamesHit the Trail and Explore Devil's Gulch
Imagine a fall day in 1876. A man approaches, galloping on his horse as fast as they can go. They are trying to escape a posse after robbing a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. The man has already divided ways with his brother to help evade the lawmen, . . . Map (db m187036) HM
36South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Garretson — Village of Palisades
Settlers homesteaded in this area beginning in 1865. A feed and flour mill was built in the early 1870's, with power from a large wooden dam across Split Rock Creek east of this marker. A town, complete with three stores, livery barn, blacksmith . . . Map (db m208239) HM
37South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Hartford — Hartford Area Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of our community who come from every walk of life to serve our country in all wars so that we can enjoy the freedoms of democracy.Map (db m182276) WM
38South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Hartford — 507 — Town of Hartford
In 1878 when Hartford was first settled, it was called Oaksville after pioneer I.E. Oaks. The next year, the Worthington & Sioux Falls Railroad extended its line to Salem, South Dakota, and established a station at Oaksville. By 1881, the town, . . . Map (db m182274) HM
39South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Humboldt — 344 — Hartman, 1899-191620 Rods West
Townsite of Hartman was homesteaded in 1878 by John Hartmann, Sr. Town started in January 1899. Hans J. Johnson, Postmaster & General Store; Charles F. Bartling, Creamery; Jarvis W. Phelps, Blacksmith; John and Carl Johnson, Farm Implements; John . . . Map (db m183490) HM
40South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Humboldt — 672 — Pumpkin Center
On plains where Native Americans once hunted vast herds of buffalo, a country general store called Wellington Corner sprang up at this location in 1921. The first building, which became the ice house, was constructed by Luther and Anna Gage. The . . . Map (db m183487) HM
41South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Montrose — Doug Horsted
Doug Horsted died of cancer on January 18, 2000 at the age of 36. An avid sportsman, hunter, and fisherman, he took every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. He especially enjoyed pheasant, waterfowl, and deer hunting on the . . . Map (db m205267) HM
42South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Renner — Christensen 1917 Round Barn
During a round barn building boom in South Dakota, Alfred and Marit Christensen, together with relatives and neighbors, built a round dairy barn one-third mile northeast of this marker. Forty round barns were built in the state between 1903 and . . . Map (db m181305) HM
43South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Renner — 599 — Lindbergh Landing / Renner Field
Lindbergh Landing Col. Charles A. Lindbergh was the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. The 33½-hour solo flight on May 20-21, 1927, in a single engine monoplane, was a phenomenal aeronautical achievement which fascinated the . . . Map (db m181301) HM
44South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Renner — Old NidarosThe Traveling Church
Rebuilt 1878 from timbers of wind-wrecked church south from Baltic. Moved to Baltic 1912. Moved to Renner 1939. Oldest church in use in South Dakota.Map (db m181290) HM
45South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Renner — Renner Area Veterans Memorial
We fight for our freedom and we fight for peace, one day we might not have to fight at all! You look up to the American flag and you see a flag, I look up to the American flag and I see all the people who gave their lives for freedom. Becky H. . . . Map (db m181304) WM
46South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Renner — 669 — The Village of Renner
Leonard Renner, a German immigrant and a Union Army Civil War veteran, came to Dakota Territory in 1878. He acquired farm land in Mapleton Township. Years later, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad built a track . . . Map (db m181296) HM
47South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Rowena — 678 — Iverson Crossing Road
Ole B. Iverson, his father Iver, brother Peter and brother-in-law Andy had no established roads to follow when they came to Dakota Territory in 1868. They had to wade or ford rivers and streams as best they could. These men, from near Decorah, Iowa, . . . Map (db m181919) HM
48South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Rowena — Rowena Methodist Church
In 1874 the first Sunday school was held in the crude dugout home of Madison and Elizabeth Webster. The pupils studied directly from the Bible for several years until additional materials were purchased from a traveling missionary. A Methodist . . . Map (db m181619) HM
49South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Rowena — 502 — The Town of Rowena Dakota Territory
On July 27, 1888, Thomas Ryan of Dubuque, Iowa, purchased land for the Rowena townsite in the SE¼, Section 26, Split Rock Township from Nelson Webster. On October 10, 1888, Ryan platted the town into 43 city blocks and named the streets after . . . Map (db m181618) HM
50South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — "Eternal Sentry"By Dr. John Wightman — Cast Bronze. 2004 —
Sponsors: Disabled American Veterans, Sioux Falls Patron: DAV Member Dale Weir Dedicated to the honor of all who have been called to the service of our country, often at great personal sacrifice. May this sentry always remind us to . . . Map (db m207935) HM WM
51South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit(1936-2003)
Manfred Georg Sigismund Szameit was born in Madüsee, Pomerania, Germany, on September 10, 1936. Three years later, Fuehrer Adolph Hitler ordered Nazi Germany armies to invade Poland. This action greatly worried Manfred's father Heinrich. Concerned . . . Map (db m187263) HM
52South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — "RISE" and the Big Sioux River
After a strong coalition of civic organizations urged the city to build Falls Park and to set up a City Specification Committee within the Chamber of Commerce, such a study was conducted in 1967-68. The subsequent transformation of the appearance . . . Map (db m197452) HM
53South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 16-Inch 45-Caliber Gun
Data: Mark 6 Mod 1, Serial No. 472, Bore-16", Length - 61'-4", Weight-94 Ton, Breech O.D. - 45°, Loading Angle: 5° Forged at Bethlehem Steel Co. - Bethlehem, PA. Machined & Assembled at Naval Gun Factory - Washington, . . . Map (db m146027) WM
54South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1851 Indian Treaty
On July 23, 1851, at Traverse des Sioux, near present-day St. Peter, Minnesota, 35 Sisseton and Wahpeton chiefs and headmen signed a treaty that had a profound effect on the future Sioux Falls. More than 24 million acres of tribal land, including . . . Map (db m198707) HM
55South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1870s' Grasshopper Invasions
Beginning in 1873, for four consecutive summers great swarms of grasshoppers riding prevailing winds reached the Midwestern states and territories where they landed and destroyed farmers' field crops. Although several huge clouds of grasshoppers . . . Map (db m208637) HM
56South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1897 Bridge at Iverson Crossing
Long before bridges spanned the Big Sioux River, travelers and settlers forded the river at this location. Pioneer Ole B. Iverson, a Norwegian immigrant, homesteaded here in 1868 and "Iverson Crossing" became a common point of reference and a local . . . Map (db m199014) HM
57South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1912 Neo-Colonial Cottage Style HouseBuilt by Dennis L. McKinney
McKinney-Beveridge Auto Company McKinney Loan and Investment Company All Saints Historic District National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m199744) HM
58South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1936 Powder House Blast
On a cold 1936 New Year's Eve about 160 yards west of this spot, there occurred a dramatic and unlikely attempt to commit murder. At 9:35 p.m. a large powder storehouse exploded. Inside were 310 25-pound kegs of powder, over 3000 pounds of dynamite, . . . Map (db m186532) HM
59South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1938 Earthquake
Side A Since 1872 only one earthquake centered in Minnehaha county has been recorded. A mild quake with an intensity of IV on the Mercalli scale and a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale affected 5000 square miles in this region and 3:37 . . . Map (db m133545) HM
60South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 215 N Duluth Avenue
On April 23, 1879, The Dakota Pantagraph announced: "R. F. Pettigrew will build him a fine residence in Bennett's addition this summer." Richard Franklin Pettigrew (July 23, 1848-October 5, 1926) was a lawyer, surveyor, and land . . . Map (db m207164) HM
61South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 40mm Twin Mount AA Gun
USS South Dakota: 17 - 40mm Quad Mounts Total - 68 Guns Guns can be operated single fire or Fully automatic - 120 rounds per minute Basic gun crew for quad mount: Mount Capt, Pointer, Trainer, 4-Loaders, 4-Ammunition Passers . . . Map (db m146020) HM WM
62South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 500 A.D. Copper Knife
For several thousand years ancient peoples quarried veins of pure copper in the Lake Superior area. First, they built fires next to exposed raw copper to loosen it from bedrock. Next, they used handheld stone mauls to dislodge chunks of copper that . . . Map (db m197252) HM
63South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 8th Street Bridge
This is the location of the first bridge to span the Big Sioux River at Sioux Falls. Built in 1876, the original bridge was washed out in the flood of 1881. The present bridge is an earth filled, three span arch bridge, which was considered an . . . Map (db m194903) HM
64South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 8th Street Bridge
This is the location of the first bridge to span the Big Sioux River at Sioux Falls. Built in 1876, the original bridge was washed out in the flood of 1881. The present bridge is an earth filled, three span arch bridge, which was considered an . . . Map (db m194908) HM
65South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — A Park Born in Controversy / McKennan Park ZooMcKennan Park Historic District
A Park Born in Controversy Helen McKennan's will, gifting 20 acres of land for a new park, became the center of intense public debate after her death in 1906. She also gave her home, the former residence of Col. Melvin Grigsby, to be sold to . . . Map (db m186530) HM
66South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — AAUW Sioux Falls Branch
Side A During most of the 19th century, few women completed high school and only daughters of the privileged or well educated had an opportunity for a higher education. In 1881 seventeen women met in Boston, Massachusetts, to discuss . . . Map (db m97577) HM
67South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Abraham Lincoln1809-1865
The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life. "I was born February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. . . . Map (db m112639) HM
68South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Albert M. Mansor(1898-1981)
Albert M. Mansor was born in Aramta, a tiny village in Lebanon. At the age of 15, he immigrated to Sioux Falls to work in his uncle's East Side grocery store. After his uncle's death, Mansor was urged to liquidate; instead, he remained and worked to . . . Map (db m207162) HM
69South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Amidon Graves Mystery
About 200 yards southwest of this marker is the location long supposed by historians to be the burial site of Judge Joseph Amidon and his son William, ambushed and killed by Santee Sioux warriors on August 25, 1862. The Sioux war party was under . . . Map (db m194668) HM
70South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Arlo L. Olson
Captain, U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3d Division Crossing of the Volturno River, Italy, 13 October 1943 G.O. No.: 71, 31 August 1944   Born 20 April 1915, Greenville, Iowa; Entered service at Toronto, South Dakota For conspicuous gallantry . . . Map (db m208040) HM
71South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Arrowhead Park
(side one) Settlers arrived in this area in the 1860s. Later they began quarrying its vast deposits of quartzite. East Sioux Falls, a rough-and-tumble quarrymen's town, began in 1887 and flourished for several years. The financial . . . Map (db m131971) HM
72South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Artisans at the Falls
Drake Polishing Works operated on the east bank of the river, across from where you are now standing. Like other industries that located by the falls, it used the flow of the Big Sioux River to run its equipment. Unlike the other industries, . . . Map (db m112814) HM
73South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Banning's Mill and Crossing
Banning's Crossing takes its name from brothers Abraham, Richard and David Banning who settled near here on the east side of the Big Sioux River in 1876. The next year Abraham and David built a grist mill to grind locally grown wheat into flour. The . . . Map (db m199019) HM
74South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Battleship XU.S.S. South Dakota
[Marker Front] On June 7, 1941, Vera Bushfield, wife of the governor of South Dakota, smashed a bottle of champagne against the towering bow of a new battleship and proudly proclaimed, “I christen thee South Dakota!” While an . . . Map (db m40516) HM
75South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Beginning of Great Changes
In the city's early days, the falls attracted both industry and pleasure seekers. During their leisure time, settlers and visitors enjoyed both the falls and Seney Island The Island, as it was called by early residents, was an oasis for . . . Map (db m124198) HM
76South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Birthplace of the Modern Hot Air BalloonSioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls based Raven Industries development team led by Ed Yost, under contract with the United States Navy, worked from 1958 through 1960 to develop a self-powered hot air balloon capable of sustained flight. The first flight conducted on Oct. . . . Map (db m197448) HM
77South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Bomber Rams Skyscraper
Following victory in Europe during World War II, the Sioux Falls Army Air Base became a reception center for airmen returning to be redeployed to the war in the Pacific. A twin-engine B-25 bomber, Army 0577, was added to the base fleet. Christened . . . Map (db m194613) HM
78South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Bronze Propeller
Mfr - Cramp Shipbuilding Co Diameter - 17' - 6" Wt - 18.2 Ton Bu. Eng. Serial No. 6304 USS South Dakota had two - 4 blade inboard propellers and two - 5 blade outboard propellers. Thrust from the four propellers - 130,00 HP . . . Map (db m146035) HM
79South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — bud
to start to develop new leaves, branches, or flowers header: Phillips Ave and 9th Street, looking North, 1886. Photo Courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Decorative The . . . Map (db m199075) HM
80South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Buffalo Bill
At age 11, William F. Cody was forced to find work after his father died. During his colorful life (1846--1917) Cody was a messenger, Pony Express rider, Civil War soldier, army scout, guide, and Indian fighter. He earned his nickname, "Buffalo . . . Map (db m206792) HM
81South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cactus Hills
Early geologic research into glacial deposits indicated that during the Ice Age there were only four periods of glaciation in North America. Today fourteen episodes of glaciation are recognized. Deposits from five of these episodes are found in . . . Map (db m205272) HM
82South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Calvary Cathedral
Calvary Cathedral was built through the efforts of William Hobart Hare, early missionary and the first Episcopal bishop in Dakota Territory. He persuaded wealthy capitalist John Jacob Astor, owner of the American Fur Trading Company, to contribute . . . Map (db m208649) HM
83South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cascade Mill
As the lesser known of the original mills built in early Sioux Falls along the banks of the Big Sioux River, the Cascade Mill was built slightly before its bigger, more expensive, grandiose neighbor at the falls - The Queen Bee Mill. At half the . . . Map (db m194828) HM
84South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cascade Milling Company
The Cascade Milling Company, built in 1877 for E.A. Sherman and other investors, was located on the east bank of the river and north of the 8th Street bridge. The Company became the first to sell electricity in the city in 1885. An electric . . . Map (db m194907) HM
85South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Ceremonial Dance Circle
Side 1 Dr. W.H. Over, South Dakota's first archeologist, sketched maps of two 1600s' Omaha earth-hut villages in present-day lower Sherman Park. He also outlined a 51-feet in diameter Omaha dance bowl or circle in the upper park. . . . Map (db m139437) HM
86South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Charles D. Roberts
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 17th U.S. Infantry El Caney, Cuba, 1 July 1898. Date of issue: 21 June 1899 Born Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota Entered service at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from . . . Map (db m208048) HM
87South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cherry Rock Bridge
A Sioux quartzite ledge, located near this site on the west bank of the north-flowing Big Sioux River, was known to early residents as Cherry Rock. On scorching hot, sultry summer afternoons the more daring used the outcropping as a platform to leap . . . Map (db m199867) HM
88South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Children's Care Hospital & School
Side 1 In the first half of the 20th century, periodic epidemics of polio rattled the nation with waves of critically ill patients, terrified parents, and overwhelmed hospitals. The polio virus attacked the nervous system, causing . . . Map (db m101278) HM
89South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Children's Home Society of South Dakota
Here stood the landmark Children's Home Society of South Dakota (CHS) "house of stone" orphanage, erected in 1901. Designed by Wallace Dow. CHS began in 1893, operating out of a rented house in central Sioux Falls, as co-founders William and . . . Map (db m208676) HM
90South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cigar Manufacturing
(side 1) Between 1870 and 1920, Phillips Avenue was the center of a thriving cigar manufacturing industry. An average of four or five small cigar factories operated within a few blocks of this spot. Because the typical smoker consumed . . . Map (db m124098) HM
91South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Col. Melvin Grigsby (1845-1917)McKennan Park Historic District
Melvin Grigsby enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 16. Captured by the Confederates, he was confined in four different prisons, including the infamous Andersonville prison. After escaping in 1865, he joined Gen. W. T. Sherman's army. Later he . . . Map (db m186531) HM
92South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Columbus College
Front Columbus College began in 1909 in Chamberlain. S. Dak., and operated there for 12 years. With the inspiration of Bishop Thomas O'Gorman, the all-male prep school, high school, and college were moved to Sioux Falls and reopened in . . . Map (db m92174) HM
93South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Congregation Sons of IsraelFirst Jewish House of Worship in South Dakota — 1916 —
Since the territorial days of 1870's, Jewish people have played an important role in the social, economic and cultural life of South Dakota. In the 1880's, Sioux Falls experienced an influx of Reformed Jews from Germany, who became some of the . . . Map (db m134205) HM
94South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Course — 8th Street Bridge —
There were several flour mills and lumberyards along the early downtown riverfront. Railroads linked local suppliers with buyers across the Midwest but flooding and a lack of reliable river levels eventually led to a redevelopment of the area. . . . Map (db m195032) HM
95South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cradle of Statehood
Side 1 After two decades of presidents' appointing governors and other officials from outside the territory, a statehood movement began in the 1880s in the southern half of Dakota Territory. The movement was led by a small group of . . . Map (db m169922) HM
96South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — cultivate
to break up soil or prepare the land with a tool for planting; to grow a plant or crop header: Photo Courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota [SHM 92.8.3] Stone Cutting Tools . . . Map (db m199155) HM
97South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Dakota Conflict
On August 25, 1862, Willie Amidon, son of Judge Joseph B. Amidon, stumbled upon a war party of Santee Sioux hiding in a cornfield on the bluffs north of Sioux Falls City. The concealed warriors were waiting for nightfall, or dawn, to launch a . . . Map (db m194696) HM
98South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Dakota Iron Store
On this site in March 1910, Bernard Scott Reardon, Sr. and an associate founded the Dakota Iron Store as a wholesale distributor of heavy hardware, farm equipment, and automotive parts and supplies. In 1975 the corporate name was changed to DaKon . . . Map (db m124197) HM
99South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer women's service organization. It is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through . . . Map (db m207933) HM
100South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Department of Veterans Affairs
Front Near the beginning of the 19th century two wars were fought in two widely separated Spanish possessions. Men from South Dakota were federal combatants in both conflicts. The 1898 Spanish-American War was fought in Cuba, only 90 miles . . . Map (db m92196) HM

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