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Historical Markers in De Smet, South Dakota

 
Clickable Map of Kingsbury 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 Kingsbury County, SD (36) Beadle County, SD (21) Brookings County, SD (27) Clark County, SD (5) Hamlin County, SD (7) Lake County, SD (16) Miner County, SD (3) Sanborn County, SD (4)  KingsburyCounty(36) Kingsbury County (36)  BeadleCounty(21) Beadle County (21)  BrookingsCounty(27) Brookings County (27)  ClarkCounty(5) Clark County (5)  HamlinCounty(7) Hamlin County (7)  LakeCounty(16) Lake County (16)  MinerCounty(3) Miner County (3)  SanbornCounty(4) Sanborn County (4)
De Smet is the county seat for Kingsbury County
De Smet is in Kingsbury County
      Kingsbury County (36)  
ADJACENT TO KINGSBURY COUNTY
      Beadle County (21)  
      Brookings County (27)  
      Clark County (5)  
      Hamlin County (7)  
      Lake County (16)  
      Miner County (3)  
      Sanborn County (4)  
 
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1South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 1880-1890s Prairie Schooner
This prairie schooner is a typical wagon that pioneers would have used in the late 1800s. It was a "barn find" in Iowa and was restored by the Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in Letcher, SD. Based on the wagon's wear and tear, it was most likely only . . . Map (db m209688) HM
2South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Bradley Drugstore
Next to Fuller's Hardware was Bradley's Drugstore, run by young George Bradley and his wife, Hattie. Charles Ingalls would often step across the street to exchange stories of the day, tell jokes and maybe play a game of checkers. George . . . Map (db m209679) HM
3South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Brewster School
The Brewster School, also known as the Bouchie School, was located about twelve miles southwest of De Smet in an abandoned claim shanty. The shanty had thickness boards with no battens, so snow would blow through. There were six seats with a desk, a . . . Map (db m209687) HM
4South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 52 — Charles and Caroline Ingalls Homestead
This is the homestead site of Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their daughters Mary, Laura, Carrie and Grace In four of her Little House series of stories of pioneering by the Ingalls and Wilder families, Laura Ingalls Wilder, . . . Map (db m209488) HM
5South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Clancy's Store
As Laura sat sewing, she looked out across Main Street at the Mead Hotel, Wilder Feed Store and Harthorn's Grocery. Clancy's store was across the street in the middle of the northeast side of Main Street. A census of 1880 does not mention Mr. . . . Map (db m209684) HM
6South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Couse Hardware
Edward H. Couse purchased this lot and the original store building on it from Charles P. Ingalls. By 1885 Couse had succeeded well enough with his hardware business to expand his operation and replace his original wood framed building with a . . . Map (db m123916) HM
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7South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 44 — De Smet Forest / De Smet
De Smet Forest Half mile South East of De Smet De Smet Forest was established by the South Dakota Fish, Game and Parks Department in 1946 and is one of hundreds of small roadside parks now existent or planned along South Dakota highways. At . . . Map (db m123917) HM
8South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 572 — Father Pierre Jean De Smet
As a lasting tribute to the memory of Father Pierre Jean De Smet of the Society of Jesus, who for over thirty years offered his life in the service of the Indian people traveling far beyond the Rocky Mountains and sharing with them his deep love of . . . Map (db m182757) HM
9South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — First School of De Smet
The first public school of De Smet was built in 1880 by the citizens. They not only furnished the materials but actually did the work. The school house was erected at the corner of Loftus Avenue and Second Street. In later years, it was moved to . . . Map (db m209686) HM
10South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — John Owen's Law Office
Only the pioneers could recall the building that stood at the corner of Calumet Avenue and Third Street. The building dates back to 1880, the first year the town was settled. John A. Owen, pioneer attorney, constructed the building. John Owen . . . Map (db m209678) HM
11South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Kingsbury County Bank
The Kingsbury County Bank, or Ruth Bank, was organized in 1880 by A. Ruth and Thomas Ruth. In December 1885 it was incorporated under the territorial laws with an authorized capital of $200,000. Born on March 5, 1844 in Carmichael, . . . Map (db m209683) HM
12South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Kingsbury County Courthouse
Kingsbury County was created and organized on February 2, 1880. It was named for George W. and T. A. Kingsbury, prominent brothers in territorial affairs. De Smet was platted in 1880. On November 2, of that year, De Smet was chosen as the county . . . Map (db m123959) HM
13South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Kingsbury County, S.D.1880
. . . Map (db m123964) HM
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14South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society is happy to welcome your interest in the "Little House" books. Since 1957, our organization has been busy with the preservation of the Ingalls-Wilder sites and the hosting of Laura's readers. Join us . . . Map (db m182747) HM
15South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Owen Shoe Shop
In the early years of De Smet this building served S.B. Owen as a shoe-making shop and residence for his family. Mrs. Owen was a tailor by trade and taught suit-making to at least one of her children, V.S.L. Owen. He was often mentioned in the files . . . Map (db m209682) HM
16South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Power Tailor Shop
Thomas P. Powers located his tailor shop in the building between the Loftus Store and Tinkham Furniture. In August of 1886, he sold his business and stock of clothing to Hamilton and Flaata. The following Tuesday night he started for Ireland, his . . . Map (db m209681) HM
17South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Site of Lake Henry Congregational Church1885 — 1932
Erected in memory of Christian pioneers and founders of Lake Henry community and Church 1878 — 1954 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house–Gen. 28:22 whosoever thou art, enter on this ground with reverence . . . Map (db m209487) HM
18South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 697 — Site of the Ingalls Homestead 1880
Site of the Ingalls Homestead 1880.Map (db m209492) HM
19South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 490 — St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Beginning in 1883, worship in homes of German immigrant settlers Organized July 13, 1895 Founding Pastor J. Hansen Pioneer Members August Albrecht Carl Albrecht Ferdinand L. Albrecht William Albrecht Herman Eick Karl . . . Map (db m182754) HM
20South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 489 — St. Paul Lutheran Church
Organized as Emmanuel in 1882 Reorganized as St. Paul April 17, 1898 Located on present church site O. I. Satre, Founding Pastor Charter Members O. I. Satre Karel Dahl B. Christopherson C. Bergerson P. A. Ranklev . . . Map (db m182752) HM
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21South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 488 — St. Petri Lutheran Church
Originally Lake Thompson Ev. Lutheran Organized March 30, 1882 6˝ miles S.E. of DeSmet O. I. Satre, Founding Pastor Charter Members John Ekse · Knudt Simonson Ove Johnson · Ole Berqvan O. S. Sorsdal · Iver Amundson Iver . . . Map (db m182749) HM
22South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Surveyors' House
The Surveyors' House is the oldest building in De Smet, built a year before there was even a town. It was built around 1879 as a railroad company house. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in her Little House books of living in this home the first . . . Map (db m209685) HM
23South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — The Loftus Store
The original Loftus Store still stands today and was one of the first businesses on Main Street in 1880. Throughout his life as a merchant, Mr. Loftus carried the slogan "The Quality Store" and became known for the quality of goods on the shelves. . . . Map (db m209680) HM
24South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — Waters Land & Loan Company
The Kingsbury Abstract Company was formed in 1887, with J.C. Gibson, A.W. Miller, C.L. Dawley, Al Thomas and A.N. Waters as members. The company built this building in 1888-89. Through the years the building has housed many offices, including . . . Map (db m123969) HM
25South Dakota (Kingsbury County), De Smet — 460 — Wilder Homestead and Birthplace of Rose Wilder Lane
On the low hill immediately west of this spot stood the homestead claim shanty of Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mrs. Wilder (1867-1957) is known all over the world as the author of the "Little House" books, a series of autobiographical accounts . . . Map (db m182759) HM
 
 
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Nov. 27, 2022