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Historical Markers in Elk Point, South Dakota

 
Clickable Map of Union 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 Union County, SD (30) Clay County, SD (20) Lincoln County, SD (20) Plymouth County, IA (2) Sioux County, IA (3) Woodbury County, IA (32) Dakota County, NE (7) Dixon County, NE (5)  UnionCounty(30) Union County (30)  ClayCounty(20) Clay County (20)  LincolnCounty(20) Lincoln County (20)  PlymouthCountyIowa(2) Plymouth County (2)  SiouxCounty(3) Sioux County (3)  WoodburyCounty(32) Woodbury County (32)  DakotaCountyNebraska(7) Dakota County (7)  DixonCounty(5) Dixon County (5)
Elk Point is the county seat for Union County
Elk Point is in Union County
      Union County (30)  
ADJACENT TO UNION COUNTY
      Clay County (20)  
      Lincoln County (20)  
      Plymouth County, Iowa (2)  
      Sioux County, Iowa (3)  
      Woodbury County, Iowa (32)  
      Dakota County, Nebraska (7)  
      Dixon County, Nebraska (5)  
 
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1South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — 494 — Giants in the Earth CountryOle Edvart Rölvaag's First Home in America, 1896-1898
When the famous Norwegian-American novelist Rölvaag (1876-1931) came to America, he worked on the 200-acre farm of Severt Eidem (NE quarter, Section 12, and 40 acres, Section 1, Brule Township), two miles north of this corner. Rölvaag's first book . . . Map (db m190165) HM
2South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — A Land of Plenty
Beginning their journey on a diet of salt pork, lard with flour, and Indian meal (ground corn), Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the other members of the Corps of Discovery, went on to taste nearly everything the West had to offer - through . . . Map (db m100915) HM
3South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — 405 — Elk Point
Lewis & Clark camped here and said much ‘elk sign’ on August 22, 1804 and held first election in northwest that evening. In 1856, the Sioux City-Ft. Randall Military Road passed hereby. Eli Wixson arrived on 22 July 1859 and built a log . . . Map (db m180963) HM
4South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Entering an Uncertain Land
The Missouri River Valley, up to this location, was well-known to French and British fur trappers. For decades, trappers navigated down the Big Sioux River and the lower Missouri toward St. Louis. Due to the intimidating presence of the Yankton . . . Map (db m100914) HM
5South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — 407 — First Election in Northwestern United States
Lewis & Clark reached a point in what is now Sioux City on August 20, 1804 near the mouth of Floyd River. Sergeant Charles Floyd, who had been taken sick with a "Biliose Chorlick" the day before, died near a bluff on the east side of the river. The . . . Map (db m190114) HM
6South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — 404 — Grasshopper Cross
The second rude cross erected on that miraculous day in May, 1876, when Father Pierre Boucher led his pilgrimage of Catholics & Protestants on an eleven mile trek seeking Divine Intervention in the grasshopper plague, was where you see the large . . . Map (db m190124) HM
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7South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Lewis & Clark Campsite / Eli Wixson Farm Site
Lewis & Clark Campsite The Missouri River has carved many channels in its history. One such channel curved through the western edge of Elk Point creating the area now known as Heritage Park. On August 22, 1804, Captain William Clark . . . Map (db m100821) HM
8South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Return to "Elk Sign" Campsite
The Corps of Discovery returned to this location after a two-year absence on September 3, 1806. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark found their "Elk sign" campsite occupied by James Aird, a Scottish fur trader. They pressed him eagerly for news . . . Map (db m100912) HM
9South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m100917) HM
10South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — U.S. Democracy Crosses the Mississippi River
While camped at the "Elk Sign" campsite on August 22, 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark acted to replace Sergeant Charles Floyd, who had taken ill and died two days earlier. They called for the Corps of Discovery to vote on . . . Map (db m100916) HM
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2022