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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hughes County, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Hughes 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> Hughes County, SD (43) Hyde County, SD (2) Lyman County, SD (10) Stanley County, SD (40) Sully County, SD (2)  HughesCounty(43) Hughes County (43)  HydeCounty(2) Hyde County (2)  LymanCounty(10) Lyman County (10)  StanleyCounty(40) Stanley County (40)  SullyCounty(2) Sully County (2)
Pierre is the county seat for Hughes County
Adjacent to Hughes County, South Dakota
      Hyde County (2)  
      Lyman County (10)  
      Stanley County (40)  
      Sully County (2)  
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1 South Dakota, Hughes County, Blunt — 1 — Mentor Graham
Mentor Graham the man who taught Abraham Lincoln died in this house on October 4th, 1885Map (db m177385) HM
2 South Dakota, Hughes County, Blunt — 128 — You are now on the 100° Meridian
Historically that meridian is significant. For two generations the Insurance Companies and other world-wide lending agencies would not, as a matter of agreed policy, lend a shiny dime west of this line. There reason was that some geographer had . . . Map (db m123868) HM
3 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — A Changing Landscape
The landscape before you has undergone many changes since 1804. The Army's Corps of Discovery, headed by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, passed through here heading west. The hill you are standing on is man-made, associated with . . . Map (db m112893) HM
4 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — A Tense Three Days
Lewis and Clark's stay in this area has been described as a "tense three days." The days with the Teton Sioux were filled with long periods of friendly visiting and good company but were also punctuated by isolated moments of trouble and . . . Map (db m223796) HM
5 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Alexander McDonald Putello
Alexander McDonald Putello alias “Arkansaw” killed here by Vigilantes November 18, 1880 Erected 1950 by L.B. Albright & Co. PierreMap (db m124284) HM
6 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 83 — Ancient Indian Fortress
On the Bluff, a quarter of a mile North, ancient Indians, pre-dating the Aricara, built a fortress or strong point, involving an exterior perimeter of over 2,000 yards, enclosing about 50 acres, and with bastions, at intervals all along its . . . Map (db m220068) HM
7 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Charles Hyde's Legacy
Charles L. Hyde devoted much time and energy to promoting the young town of Pierre. A true believer in the city, Hyde built five of the seven buildings in Pierre's historic commercial district along upper Pierre Street. The St. Charles Hotel was his . . . Map (db m124294) HM
8 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Civil War Monument
The 1913 South Dakota Legislature granted permission to the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's Relief Corps, Sons of Veterans and patriotic citizens of South Dakota "to erect upon the State Capitol grounds a monument or memorial . . . Map (db m220005) HM
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9 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 558 — Civil War Monument
Erected 1918 by the State of South Dakota in honor of the defenders of our nationMap (db m220007) WM
10 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 506 — Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp S-207 (SE-207 in 1933): ¼ mile W and 2 miles S on Farm Island   Companies: Number unknown -- (Blacks) 06/27/33 - 10/22/33; 796 -- (North Dakotans) 10/23/33 - 11/01/34; 2756 -- 10/20/34 - 09/30/37. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a . . . Map (db m220042) HM
11 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 723 — Coe Crawford, 6th Governor of South Dakota
Coe Isaac Crawford was born on January 14, 1858 on a farm near Volney, IA. Growing up, he worked nine months out of the year and attended school only in the winter months. At age 15 he left home to attend school fulltime in the neighboring town of . . . Map (db m220039) HM
12 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Combat Wounded Veterans
Top Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars. Front My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country;s way to show they care if I could be seen by all mankind. Maybe peace will come in my . . . Map (db m182271) HM
13 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of South Dakota by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence Drive . . . Map (db m45286) HM
14 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Fighting Stallions MemorialApril 19, 1994
Fighting Stallions Memorial was constructed by the people of South Dakota as a lasting memorial to eight South Dakotans who perished in an airplane crash April 19, 1993. The state plane, N86SD, crashed due to propeller assembly failure in poor . . . Map (db m170418) HM
15 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 630 — First and Only Hanging in Hughes County
The first and only hanging in Hughes County was April 18, 1885 when James H. Bell, who killed Forest G. Small with a hatchet on Dec. 4th, 1884, was hanged to a ladder leaned against the county flag pole here after a mob took him from the county jail . . . Map (db m124279) HM
16 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Flaming Fountain Memorial
Korean War 1950 - 1951 Dedicated to the 158 South Dakota Korean Veterans Who Sacrificed their lives for their country we honor, salute and remember you. Vietnam War 1961 - 1975 Dedicated to the 187 South Dakota Vietnam Veterans who . . . Map (db m182256) WM
17 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Grand Army of the Republic
The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of veterans of the Civil War. Benjamin F. Stephenson founded the G.A.R. in Decatur, Illinois, on April 6, 1866. Membership was limited to honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, . . . Map (db m219999) HM
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18 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 692 — Hughes County Courthouse / Site of First Library in Pierre
Hughes County Courthouse (marker side 1) The Hughes County Courthouse was built and occupied in February 1935, to replace the original 1883 brick structure. The new Courthouse was designed by architects Hugill and Blatherwick of Sioux . . . Map (db m124269) HM
19 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 702 — John Sutherland and the Capital Fights
Born in Canada, John Sutherland taught school in Wisconsin and received his law degree from Brown University. He came to Dakota Territory in 1884. The young Scottish attorney led Pierre’s campaign committee to resounding victories in the . . . Map (db m124080) HM
20 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Lewis & Clark TrailGriffin Park
Welcome to Griffin Park! Griffin Park is located next to the Great Missouri, on which Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled during their Journey to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark's travels through this area have been considered as one of . . . Map (db m124870) HM
21 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, officially the Corps of Discovery, was in what is now South Dakota from August 21 to October 14, 1804 and from August 21 to September 4, 1806. While here they would make numerous discoveries of animals, plants, . . . Map (db m124871) HM
22 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 703 — Lindbergh Landing Site
On this, then private, pasture dotted with Sioux Effigies (see marker north 1 mile), Colonel Charles Lindbergh landed his Ryan monoplane, "The Spirit of Saint Louis", September 1st 1927 at exactly 4 pm. On May 21st he had been the first person to . . . Map (db m176674) HM
23 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Mateer Park
This rock weighing 14,700 pounds serves as a memorial to the Mateer Family. The triangle property upon which it rests was given to the City of Pierre by Curtis B. and Verna S. Mateer on March 3, 1964. They later completed it with sod, . . . Map (db m169227) HM
24 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 82 — Medicine Knoll River
On September 22, 1804 Lewis & Clark passed by this river and camped a couple of miles up the Missouri. They called it Reuben River for Reuben Fields, one of their hunters. In 1839 however this was called Medicine Knoll River by Nicollet & Fremont, . . . Map (db m220071) HM
25 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Oahe Mission
The chapel before you did not always sit here above the dam. The Oahe Mission, which operated the Oahe Industrial School boarding school from 1884 to 1914, was built five miles north on Preoria Bottom. The chapel was used for both worship and as a . . . Map (db m170497) HM
26 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 390 — Oahe Mission School and Chapel-1877-
Stephen Return Riggs became a Missionary to the Sioux in Minnesota in 1837. Thomas L. Riggs was born in 1847 and twenty-five years later was delegated to serve the Teton Sioux on the Missouri. His first Station, Hope, was west of the Missouri, . . . Map (db m178666) HM
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27 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Pierre
Lewis and Clark and their men then spent September 21-29, 1804, in this area. Private John Colter camped and hunted on what is known today as Farm Island. Captain Clark dubbed La Framboise Island "Good Humored Island" as he and Captain Lewis were . . . Map (db m123914) HM
28 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Pierre Hill Historic District
As Pierre grew during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Pierre Hill became the most prestigious real estate in town. Business owners, lawyers, and judges all built homes on "the Hill.” Most of the Hill's houses were built during . . . Map (db m169318) HM
29 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 143 — Pierre Was A Cowtown / Reading Brands
Pierre Was a Cowtown (marker side 1) Yes sir, Mister, Pierre was a cowtown. Why they built the sidewalks two feet off the ground to keep the cows from spattering ‘em up. The stockyards ran longside the river for half a mile and three . . . Map (db m124153) HM
30 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Pierre's First School
A one-room 14'x20' wooden building on the east side of Coteau Street served as Pierre's first schoolhouse. Eighteen students attended in 1881, closing when the public school opened in October of that same year. The little building was moved to . . . Map (db m123983) HM
31 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Revolutionary War Patriots
This marker commemorates the men and women who achieved American independence. These Patriots, believing in the noble cause of liberty, fought valiantly to found a new nation. 1775 - 1783Map (db m182267) WM
32 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 27 — Sioux Indian Mosaic.9 of a mile
An Aricara lookout surprised by a Sioux War party and badly wounded, took flight to warn his kinsmen. He ran about one-half mile and keeled over dead. The Sioux, admiring his bravery, placed a rock for each drop of his blood and a cairn where he . . . Map (db m177386) HM
33 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Soldiers' & Sailors' World War Memorial
Dedicated to the brave sons of South Dakota who gave their lives to preserve liberty. Anno Domini MCMXXXMap (db m45284) HM
34 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — South Dakota State Capitol
Choosing South Dakota's capital did not come easily. Elections in 1889, 1890, and 1904 put the capital location to a vote of the people. Pierre won all three elections. Once the site was established, a grand capitol went up. The capitol symbolized . . . Map (db m44715) HM
35 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — South Dakota World War II Veterans Memorial
South Dakota World War II Warriors They Fought For Flag For Country For UsMap (db m182209) WM
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36 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 223 — The First (Old) Fort Sully1863 - 1866
In the field 400 yards south is a monument to and vestiges of the site of Fort Sully. After General Alfred Sully's troops had fought the Battle of Whitestone Hill near Ellendale, North Dakota, against the Indians in the fall of 1863, they marched . . . Map (db m220040) HM
37 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark lead about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a rout to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m112890) HM
38 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — 221 — The Oahe Dam & Lake
This huge structure and its lake, 200 miles long, will cover a multitude of Historic Sites. Oahe is a Dacotah (Sioux) Indian word meaning "Something to stand upon," a foundation, and so it was that in 1875 Thomas L. Riggs, Congregational . . . Map (db m112897) HM
39 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — The Old Hughes County Court HouseSouth Dakota's Temporary Capitol
The Old Hughes County Courthouse—South Dakota’s Temporary Capitol The old Hughes County Courthouse, shown at left, was erected in 1883 and served an important role in the formation of the new South Dakota government in 1889. It was replaced . . . Map (db m157519) HM
40 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — The Quartzite Border
Following South Dakota's admission as a state in 1889, the United States Department of Interior called on Surveyor Charles H. Bates to survey and mark the border between North and South Dakota. After purchasing quartzite stone from North Sioux . . . Map (db m137006) HM
41 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Turtle Effigy
Effigies are patterns on the land made by the careful placement of stones. There are over one hundred effigies in South Dakota. Created by American Indians, little is understood about the effigies. Archaeologists believe some mark significant . . . Map (db m112889) HM
42 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre — Walter H. Burke
This American Flag is flown to honor American Veterans of All Wars and in memory of Walter H. Burke, a Past State Commander (1927-1938) and Past Post Commander (1927-1928) of the Pierre Post No. 8, Department of South . . . Map (db m124286) WM
43 South Dakota, Hughes County, Pierre, Raber Township — 40 — First Permanent Fur Post
The partnership of Registre Loisel and Hugh Heney in 1802 set up a fur post on Cedar Island, within sight, about 5 miles down stream. Loisel was called Little Beaver by the Indians. This was part of Louisiana, receded by Spain to France in 1800 and . . . Map (db m219925) HM
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May. 27, 2023