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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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Minnehaha County, SD (310) Lake County, SD (17) Lincoln County, SD (20) McCook County, SD (5) Moody County, SD (16) Turner County, SD (6) Lyon County, IA (4) Pipestone County, MN (11) Rock County, MN (1)  MinnehahaCounty(310) Minnehaha County (310)  LakeCounty(17) Lake County (17)  LincolnCounty(20) Lincoln County (20)  McCookCounty(5) McCook County (5)  MoodyCounty(16) Moody County (16)  TurnerCounty(6) Turner County (6)  LyonCountyIowa(4) Lyon County (4)  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 (17)  
      Lincoln County (20)  
      McCook County (5)  
      Moody County (16)  
      Turner County (6)  
      Lyon County, Iowa (4)  
      Pipestone County, Minnesota (11)  
      Rock County, Minnesota (1)  
 
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1South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Baltic — 655 — John Thompson, Pioneer / Early Settlers' Association
On 254th Street (County Road 122) at Scandia Drive, on the left when traveling east on 254th Street.
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
On 470th Avenue (County Highway 137) at 248th Street (County Highway 110), on the right when traveling south on 470th Avenue.
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
Near West Park Street.
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
On Aspen Boulevard near South Splitrock Boulevard (State Route 11), on the right when traveling west.
Brandon Veteran's Memorial United States of AmericaMap (db m181915) WM
5South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Brandon — 665 — Eminija, Minnesota Territory
On South Splitrock Boulevard (State Highway 11) 0.4 miles south of South Sioux Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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
On South Splitrock Boulevard (State Highway 11) 0.4 miles south of South Sioux Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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
Near South McHardy Road, 0.1 miles south of East Aspen Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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
Near South McHardy Road, 0.1 miles south of East Aspen Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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
Near South McHardy Road, 0.1 miles south of East Aspen Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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
On 479th Avenue, 0.5 miles south of 258th Street (County Highway 130), on the right when traveling south.
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
On Aspen Boulevard west of South Splitrock Boulevard (State Route 11), on the right when traveling west.
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
On South Splitrock Boulevard (State Highway 11) 0.4 miles south of South Sioux Boulevard, on the right when traveling south.
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)
On East 3rd Street at South Sherman Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East 3rd Street.
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
On South Main Avenue at West 1st Street (County Road 110), on the right when traveling south on South Main Avenue.
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
On East 4th Street at South Charles Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East 4th Street.
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
On 248th Street (County Road 110) at 461st Avenue (County Road 155), on the right when traveling west on 248th Street.
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
On 257th Street, 0.2 miles west of 468th Avenue (County Road 141), on the right when traveling west.
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
On 471st Avenue north of 254th Street (County Road 122), on the left when traveling south.
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
Near 471st Avenue south of 254th Street (County Road 122), on the left when traveling south.
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
On 471st Avenue south of 254th Street (County Road 122), on the left when traveling south.
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
On 257th Street, 0.2 miles west of 468th Avenue (County Road 141), on the right when traveling west.
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!
On 471st Avenue at 254th Street (County Road 122), on the right when traveling south on 471st Avenue.
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
On East 3rd Street at Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East 3rd Street.
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
On Zero Street west of State Highway 115, on the right when traveling west.
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
On East 3rd Street west of Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
On Beach Avenue, 0.2 miles south of East 3rd Street, on the left when traveling south.
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
Near 252nd Street east of 481st Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
On Park Road.
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
On 5th Street (Local Route 5th) 0.2 miles west of Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
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
Near 252nd Street east of 481st Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
Near 252nd Street east of 481st Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
Near 255th Street west of 485th Avenue.
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
On 252nd Street east of 479th Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
On Devil's Gulch Park Road, 0.5 miles north of 5th Street, on the left when traveling north.
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
Near 255th Street west of 485th Avenue.
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
On North Main Avenue at West 2nd Street on North Main Avenue.
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
On North Main Avenue at West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Avenue.
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, Hartford — Zion Lutheran Church and Cemetery
On 462nd Avenue south of 263rd Street, on the right when traveling south.
Relying on their faith in God, on June 6, 1881, a group of 33 German immigrant families met to establish a church under the leadership of Pastor G. Schmidt. These visionary pioneers bought five acres of land from a farmer named Carl Boy for $10 and . . . Map (db m212170) HM
40South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Humboldt — 344 — Hartman, 1899-191620 Rods West
On 457th Avenue (South Dakota Route 19) 0.2 miles south of 249th Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
41South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Humboldt — 672 — Pumpkin Center
On 265th Street (South Dakota Route 42) at 456th Avenue (South Dakota Route 19), on the right when traveling west on 265th Street.
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
42South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Montrose — Doug Horsted
On 249th Street, 1.4 miles east of 453rd Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
43South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Renner — Christensen 1917 Round Barn
On 258th Street (County Road 130) 0.4 miles west of 475th Avenue (State Route 115), on the right when traveling west.
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
44South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Renner — 599 — Lindbergh Landing / Renner Field
On 258th Street (County Road 130) 0.8 miles west of 475th Avenue (State Route 115), on the right when traveling west.
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
45South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Renner — Old NidarosThe Traveling Church
On 258th Street (County Road 130) at Church Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 258th Street.
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
46South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Renner — Renner Area Veterans Memorial
On 258th Street (County Highway 130) 0.8 miles west of 475th Avenue (State Highway 115), on the right when traveling west.
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
47South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Renner — 669 — The Village of Renner
On 258th Street (County Road 130) 0.8 miles west of 475th Avenue (State Route 115), on the right when traveling west.
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
48South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Rowena — 678 — Iverson Crossing Road
On 481st Avenue (South Dakota Route 11) 0.5 miles north of South Dakota Route 42, on the right when traveling south.
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
49South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Rowena — Rowena Methodist Church
On South Dakota Route 42 west of Douglas Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
50South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Rowena — 502 — The Town of Rowena Dakota Territory
On South Dakota Route 42, 0.6 miles west of 483rd Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
51South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — "Eternal Sentry"By Dr. John Wightman — Cast Bronze. 2004 —
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
52South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit(1936-2003)
On Park Access Road, 0.6 miles west of South Minnesota Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
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
53South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — "RISE" and the Big Sioux River
Near South Cliff Avenue, 0.2 miles south of East 41st Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
54South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — 16-Inch 45-Caliber Gun
On West 12th Street at South Kiwanis Avenue on West 12th Street.
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
55South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — 1870s' Grasshopper Invasions
On West 22nd Street, 0.1 miles west of South Western Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
On Iverson Crossing Road, 0.4 miles west of 481st Avenue (State Highway 11), on the left when traveling west.
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 — 1936 Powder House Blast
On South Highline Place north of East 18th Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
58South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — 1938 Earthquake
On Cliff Ave.
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
59South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — 40mm Twin Mount AA Gun
Near West 12th Street at South Kiwanis Avenue.
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
60South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — 500 A.D. Copper Knife
On West Indian Mound Place, on the right when traveling west.
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
61South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — A Park Born in Controversy / McKennan Park ZooMcKennan Park Historic District
Near South 4th Avenue west of East Park Drive, on the right when traveling south.
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
62South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — AAUW Sioux Falls Branch
On West 22nd Street, on the left when traveling west.
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
63South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Abraham Lincoln1809-1865
Near West 41st Street at Western Ave.
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
64South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Amidon Graves Mystery
On East Amidon Street, 0.1 miles west of North Cliff Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
65South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Arlo L. Olson
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
66South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Arrowhead Park
On South River Bluff Road.
(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
67South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Banning's Mill and Crossing
On 41st Street west of Riverview Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
68South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Battleship XU.S.S. South Dakota
On West 12th Street (State Highway 42) just west of South Kiwanis Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
[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
69South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Beginning of Great Changes
Near North Weber Avenue, 0.2 miles south of East Falls Park Drive, on the right when traveling south.
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
70South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Birthplace of the Modern Hot Air BalloonSioux Falls, South Dakota
Near South Cliff Avenue, 0.1 miles north of East Otonka Trail, on the right when traveling north.
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
71South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Bomber Rams Skyscraper
On West Algonquin Street, 0.1 miles east of North Industrial Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
72South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Bronze Propeller
Near West 12th Street at South Kiwanis Avenue.
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
73South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — bud
Near South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling north.
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
74South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Buffalo Bill
On East 24th Street, 0.1 miles east of South Bruce Road, on the right when traveling east.
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
75South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Cactus Hills
Near East Rice Street, 1.5 miles east of North Bahnson Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
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
76South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Ceremonial Dance Circle
On W 22nd Street.
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
77South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Charles D. Roberts
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
78South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Cherry Rock Bridge
On East River Boulevard, 0.3 miles west of South Southeastern Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
79South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Children's Care Hospital & School
Near S Holly Ave at W 26th St..
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
80South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Children's Home Society of South Dakota
On East 10th Street (State Highway 42) at South Van Eps Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East 10th Street.
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
81South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Col. Melvin Grigsby (1845-1917)McKennan Park Historic District
On South 2nd Avenue, 0.2 miles north of East 26th Street, on the right when traveling north.
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
82South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Columbus College
On W. 22nd Street, 0.1 miles west of S. Holly Street, on the right when traveling east.
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
83South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — cultivate
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the left when traveling north.
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
84South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Daughters of the American Revolution
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
85South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Department of Veterans Affairs
On W. 22nd Street at S. Holly Street, on the right when traveling east on W. 22nd Street.
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
86South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Disperse
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling north.
to scatter, the natural distribution of seeds, to become widespread header: Quartzite Quarry Dell Rapids, 2007. Quarrying Today Even though quarry operations have come to an end in East . . . Map (db m199076) HM
87South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Drs. Van Demark
On W 18th St, 0.5 miles west of S. Grange, on the right when traveling west.
The Van Demark name is synonymous with orthopedic surgery in South Dakota. Dr. Guy Van Demark (1879-1963) was the first orthopedic surgeon in South Dakota. 'Dr. Guy' and Irene Fisher Coon, R.N., founded the original specialized crippled . . . Map (db m123104) HM
88South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — E. A. Sherman1844-1916
On W Indian Mound Pl.
E.A. Sherman is recognized as the father of the Sioux Falls park system. To commemorate his work, J.K. Daniels & the Roman Bronze Works of New York was commissioned to create this bronze portrait in 1917. It was rededicated in Honor of the Park . . . Map (db m131976) HM
89South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Earth-Hut Villages
On West Indian Mound Place, 0.1 miles west of South Kiwanis Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Pioneer archeologist Dr. William H. Over mapped two 1600s' Omaha earth-hut villages located along the nearby banks of the Big Sioux River. He noted that the south village was "a very old site" and that the larger village "lying 500 yds. to the north . . . Map (db m197249) HM
90South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — evolve
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the left when traveling north.
to change, to develop gradually to become more advanced and complex Plant Communities A plant community is a group of living plant species that all naturally grow together in one location. All the plants in a community share the . . . Map (db m199154) HM
91South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Flourish
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling north.
to grow well, to be strong and healthy, especially because conditions are right header: East Sioux Falls East Sioux Falls, 1890. Photo Courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museums [SHM 78.35.32] Pink . . . Map (db m199106) HM
92South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — foliate
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the left when traveling north.
to develop leaves, known as foliage header: Photo Courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls, South Dakota [SHM 92.8.16] Saloons East Sioux Falls was filled with quarrymen that needed an . . . Map (db m199153) HM
93South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Forgotten Heroes
On West Algonquin Street, 0.1 miles east of F Avenue North, on the right when traveling west.
Side one: Two "flying classroom" Lockheed twin engine AT-18 medium bombers collided in midair above the Sioux Falls Army Air Force Base December 8, 1944. Three crewmen, four students on board, and three students in a barracks below were . . . Map (db m194621) HM
94South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Fort Dakota Soldiers
On East 12th Street west of South Omaha Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Fort Dakota was established in 1865 at the abandoned Sioux Falls City town site. Regulars of the 22nd U.S. Infantry Regiment were stationed there in 1866. Four men from this regiment died before the fort was closed in 1869. They were buried in the . . . Map (db m206795) HM
95South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Foss, Joseph Jacob
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor to Foss, Joseph Jacob Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine . . . Map (db m208044) HM
96South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Foster Children Tragedy
On Benson Road at LaMesa Drive, on the right when traveling east on Benson Road.
After emigrating from County Donegal, Ireland, Robert and Lillie Foster settled in a sod house about three miles northwest of this marker in late 1872. Six of their nine children shared the small, primitive home. Within months, two of the children . . . Map (db m187458) HM
97South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Foundation of the City
Near North Weber Avenue, 0.2 miles south of East Falls Park Drive, on the right when traveling south.
Quartzite is the stone you see revealed throughout Falls Park. Sioux Quartzite is the local name for his stone. It was also called Jasper. Sioux Quartzite provided both the physical and financial base for the city of Sioux Falls. Quartzite is . . . Map (db m124199) HM
98South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — fruit
Near South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling north.
to produce fruit; the ripened ovaries containing seeds header: Federal Building, originally Post Office and Federal Courthouse. Architectural Quartzite stone is used today, as it was in the past, for . . . Map (db m199074) HM
99South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — germinate
On South Perry Place, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 42, on the left when traveling north.
to grow from a seed or spore into a new individual header: Photo Courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museums, Sioux Falls, South Dakota [SHM 41.15.20] Illinois Central Railroad In 1887, the quarries at East . . . Map (db m199157) HM
100South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls — Going Homeby Sondra L. Jonson
Near North Walts Avenue south of West Bailey Street, on the right when traveling south.
"He shall swallow up death in victory..... And this mortal shall put on immortality." Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:53 Dedicated to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defense of the United States of . . . Map (db m208153) WM

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