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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Yankton County, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Yankton 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> Yankton County, SD (32) Bon Homme County, SD (13) Clay County, SD (44) Hutchinson County, SD (7) Turner County, SD (6) Cedar County, NE (7) Knox County, NE (15)  YanktonCounty(32) Yankton County (32)  BonHommeCounty(13) Bon Homme County (13)  ClayCounty(44) Clay County (44)  HutchinsonCounty(7) Hutchinson County (7)  TurnerCounty(6) Turner County (6)  CedarCountyNebraska(7) Cedar County (7)  KnoxCounty(15) Knox County (15)
Yankton is the county seat for Yankton County
Adjacent to Yankton County, South Dakota
      Bon Homme County (13)  
      Clay County (44)  
      Hutchinson County (7)  
      Turner County (6)  
      Cedar County, Nebraska (7)  
      Knox County, Nebraska (15)  
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1 South Dakota, Yankton County, Gayville — 415 — Post Vermillion Or Dickson's Post← 6 miles South
In 1822, the Columbis Fur Company established a post at Audubon’s Point, opposite the mouth of Petite Arc Creek. Later taken over by the American Fur Company. William Dickson was factor from 1832 until his death before 1840 when Father Christian . . . Map (db m180969) HM
2 South Dakota, Yankton County, Mission Hill — 323 — Vangen Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church1869 -
Following earlier Missionary work, this church began in Dakota Territory among Scandinavian Lutherans as early as 1861, and was organized October 8, 1864 with Reverend Emil Christenson as minister. The church built in 1869 was built of lumber . . . Map (db m177659) HM
3 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 322 — Charles Francois Picotte1830-1896
Born at Ft. Tecumseh (Pierre), the son of Honore Picotte, an American Fur Co. factor and Eagle Woman, he was educated at St. Louis. Marrying a Yancton woman, he became a leader in that Band and was influential in the Treaty of 1858 ceding land and . . . Map (db m177658) HM
4 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 324 — Christ ChurchMother Episcopal Church of the Dakotas
Founded in 1861 by The Rev. Melancthon Hoyt, D.D., LL. D. First Missionary to Settle in Dakota Territory This Building is the Third Church Home of The Yankton Episcopal Parish.Map (db m177979) HM
5 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Courthouse Memorial
The Yankton County Courthouse stood at this site from 1905 to 2003. The handsome three-story building was dedicated Nov. 1, 1905. Speakers at that event estimated it would have "a long life of 25 years." The building far exceeded those expectations . . . Map (db m742) HM
6 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Cramer - Kenyon Home
This Property has been Placed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1886 Map (db m135988) HM
7 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Crossroads of Culture — Missouri National Recreational River —
The Missouri River creates a crossroads of cultures and creativity. The river has been an artery to the upper plains for thousands of years. The Missouri River was first explored in earnest by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 19th . . . Map (db m177903) HM
8 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 313 — East Wall Yankton Stockade
In September 1862 - after a skirmish with Hostile Indians near James River, it was determined to finish stockade at once, north wall being of sod with ditch in front already finished, and East wall of posts with boards on either side with earth . . . Map (db m211589) HM
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9 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 308 — First Building at Yankton SiteMay 1858
C. J. Holman, for a Sioux City group, rivals of Frost, Todd & Co.'s Upper Missouri Land Company came in March 1858, was run off by threatening Indians but returned in May and built cabin, after fracas with F. T. & Co. employees and lived there till . . . Map (db m177606) HM
10 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — First Capitol Building of Dakota Territory
This stone marks the site of the first capitol building of Dakota Territory erected in 1862Map (db m177891) HM
11 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 187 — First Dakota National Bank of Yankton
Dakota Territories first bank was that of Mark M. Parmer started at Yankton in September, 1869 which became the private banking partnership of Parmer and Moses K. Armstrong in 1872. On December 27, 1872, the First National Bank of Yankton, a . . . Map (db m177711) HM
12 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 135 — First Territorial Capital1861-1883
Dakota Territory, extending N to Canada and W to the summit of the Rockies, a fourth larger than Texas, was created March 2, 1861. Lincoln appointed William Jayne Governor and he arrived at Yankton June 8th. Dakota had 2,326 white citizens; the . . . Map (db m177859) HM
13 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Flood of 1881 Leaves Lost Settlements in its WakeThe Story of Green Island — Missouri National Recreational River —
Originally named Strahmsburg after Saby Strahm who platted the town in 1872, Green Island grew to an estimated population of 150 by 1881. The village had two churches, a school, post office, general store, hotel, and a blacksmith's shop. In spite of . . . Map (db m177901) HM
14 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 302 — Hanging of Jack McCallMarch 1, 1877
"Wild Bill" Hickok, famous gunman, was shot in the back of the head at Deadwood on August 2, 1876 by Jack McCall, who was tried for murder at Yankton on 4-5-6 December, found guilty, sentenced by Judge Peter C. Shannon on January 3, 1877. The story . . . Map (db m177713) HM
15 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Historic Highway
100 ft. South is office of Dakota's oldest newspaper. Weekly Dakotian, June 6, 1861. Yankton Press, Aug. 10, 1870. Weekly Press & Dakotian November 20, 1873. Daily Press & Dakotan April 26, 1875.Map (db m211683) HM
16 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Meridian Bridge Connects Continent from North to South — Missouri National Recreational River —
The Meridian Bridge has been an icon of Yankton and the Missouri River for many years. With its completion in 1924, the permanent structure spanning the river replaced unreliable ferries and seasonal pontoons. It derives its name from the Meridian . . . Map (db m177900) HM
17 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 315 — North Wall Yankton Stockade
This 6-foot wall of sod and earth with a ditch in front was located about 150 foot South of this marker. This wall 450 foot long was commenced on Sept. 1, 1862, the first construction.Map (db m211587) HM
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18 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Pierre Dorion, Sr.
West of this stone near the crest of the hill is the burial site of Pierre Dorion, Sr., an early trader in what is now South Dakota. Born in Canada in 1740, Pierre came to this area around 1774–1775 to trade with the Sioux. He married Holy . . . Map (db m34829) HM
19 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 727 — Pine Street Bridge
In February 1912, the Yankton City Council approved city engineer Hugh C. Liebe's plan for a new concrete arch bridge at Pine Street over Rhine Creek (later renamed Marne Creek during World War I). In April, the council awarded a $3,700 construction . . . Map (db m211680) HM
20 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Sculpting the Landscape — Missouri National Recreational River —
The Missouri flows free for 59 miles below Gavins Point Dam and for 39 miles below Fort Randall Dam. These sections of the national recreational river provide glimpses of the once undammed, unchannelized river that played a major role in America's . . . Map (db m189403) HM
21 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — The Intersection of Third & Walnut
This corner of Walnut and 3rd Streets has been the focal point of many historical events in Yankton. Among the most significant were visits by William Jennings Bryan, President William McKinley, and President Theodore Roosevelt. William . . . Map (db m211682) HM
22 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — The Lewis & Clark Expedition
In 1804-1806, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on an epic journey. Charged by President Thomas Jefferson to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory, they mapped . . . Map (db m191294) HM
23 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 303 — The Yankton Stockade Site
This boulder marks the site of The Yankton Stockade in which the people of the surrounding country took refuge during the Sioux Outbreak of 1862Map (db m178447) HM
24 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 301 — Trial of Jack McCall for Murder of "Wild Bill"
At Deadwood on August 2, 1876, Jack McCall shot "Wild Bill" Hickok in the back of his head. When a vigilante court tried him, he claimed Bill had killed his brother and the vigilantes let him go. Later, due to his boasting, at Laramie City, US . . . Map (db m177712) HM
25 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — USS Scorpion (SS-278)Launched 20 July 1942
Scorpion's first patrol was a hunting and mining mission near Honshu in April 1943. Scorpion fiercely assaulted enemy vessels in a series of submerged torpedo attacks and surface gun battles. She sank two freighters, four sampans and two patrol . . . Map (db m211681) HM WM
26 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all veterans, living or deceased, of all wars.Map (db m178462) WM
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27 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 312 — West Wall / Yankton Stockade
Indian war of Outbreak, August 1862 threatened to spread into Dakota and a “strong point” for all settlers near Yankton was built in September under Capt. F. M. Ziebach. The west wall, of posts with boards on either side and earth packed between 450 . . . Map (db m177907) HM
28 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 718 — William H. McMasterU.S. Senator and 10th Governor of South Dakota
William McMaster (1877-1968) was a progressive Republican banker and politician who fought for farmers facing hard times. He was also involved in building this Meridian Bridge. Orphaned at 17 in Iowa, he graduated from Beloit College and came . . . Map (db m177897) HM
29 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — 350 — Yankton College"Oldest Institution of Higher Learning in the Dakotas"
Joseph Ward, a graduate of Brown University and Andover Seminary came to Yankton Academy but it was taken over by the school board and became Yankton High School, the first secondary schools in Dakota. In May 1881, Yankton College was . . . Map (db m177858) HM
30 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Yankton Memorial ParkA Tribute to the Veterans of All Wars
In memory of the Yankton County veterans of World War II who gave the supreme sacrifice for freedom Glenn H. Allen · Donald L. Barger · William J. Bauer · Chester M. Beaver · William F. Blau · Thomas B. Brady · William M. Brewer . . . Map (db m211684) WM
31 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Yankton Riverboats
Smoke-belching steamboats plied the riverway here from 1832 to 1900. Servicing forts, Indian agencies, and frontier villages, Sioux City and other ports dominated trade on the Upper Missouri because of their proximity to railroads. With its new . . . Map (db m191177) HM
32 South Dakota, Yankton County, Yankton — Yankton: Territorial Capital
Thanks to Abraham Lincoln, Yankton became the first capital of the huge Dakota Territory. Formed in March 1861 just before Lincoln's presidency, the territory extended west of Minnesota to the Rockies and north of Nebraska to Canada. Lincoln . . . Map (db m191176) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023