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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Clickable Map of Lincoln 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> Lincoln County, SD (8) Clay County, SD (20) Minnehaha County, SD (245) Turner County, SD (6) Union County, SD (30) Lyon County, IA (3) Sioux County, IA (3)  LincolnCounty(8) Lincoln County (8)  ClayCounty(20) Clay County (20)  MinnehahaCounty(245) Minnehaha County (245)  TurnerCounty(6) Turner County (6)  UnionCounty(30) Union County (30)  LyonCountyIowa(3) Lyon County (3)  SiouxCounty(3) Sioux County (3)
Canton is the county seat for Lincoln County
Sioux Falls is in Lincoln County
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      Minnehaha County (245)  
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      Union County (30)  
      Lyon County, Iowa (3)  
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1South Dakota (Lincoln County), Sioux Falls — 1888The Railroad Arrives
In 1888, the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railroad Company completed their route between Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Regional residents viewed the railroad's arrival as a sign of progress, but portions of the site . . . Map (db m195077) HM
2South Dakota (Lincoln County), Sioux Falls — Why the Name “Good Earth”?
Naming the first South Dakota state park created in over 40 years was an important task. Names and titles matter. They hold meanings and stories more significant than the words alone. The park's name would need to define this place while . . . Map (db m195078) HM
3South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit(1936-2003)
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
4South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — "RISE" and the Big Sioux River
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
5South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 16-Inch 45-Caliber Gun
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
6South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1851 Indian Treaty
On July 23, 1851, at Traverse des Sioux, near present-day St. Peter, Minnesota, 35 Sisseton and Wahpeton chiefs and headmen signed a treaty that had a profound effect on the future Sioux Falls. More than 24 million acres of tribal land, including . . . Map (db m198707) HM
7South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1897 Bridge at Iverson Crossing
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
8South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1912 Neo-Colonial Cottage Style HouseBuilt by Dennis L. McKinney
McKinney-Beveridge Auto Company McKinney Loan and Investment Company All Saints Historic District National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m199744) HM
9South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1936 Powder House Blast
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
10South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 1938 Earthquake
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
11South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 40mm Twin Mount AA Gun
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
12South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 500 A.D. Copper Knife
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
13South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 8th Street Bridge
This is the location of the first bridge to span the Big Sioux River at Sioux Falls. Built in 1876, the original bridge was washed out in the flood of 1881. The present bridge is an earth filled, three span arch bridge, which was considered an . . . Map (db m194903) HM
14South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 8th Street Bridge
This is the location of the first bridge to span the Big Sioux River at Sioux Falls. Built in 1876, the original bridge was washed out in the flood of 1881. The present bridge is an earth filled, three span arch bridge, which was considered an . . . Map (db m194908) HM
15South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — A Park Born in Controversy / McKennan Park ZooMcKennan Park Historic District
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
16South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — AAUW Sioux Falls Branch
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
17South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Abraham Lincoln1809-1865
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
18South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Amidon Graves Mystery
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
19South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Arrowhead Park
(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
20South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Artisans at the Falls
Drake Polishing Works operated on the east bank of the river, across from where you are now standing. Like other industries that located by the falls, it used the flow of the Big Sioux River to run its equipment. Unlike the other industries, . . . Map (db m112814) HM
21South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Banning's Mill and Crossing
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
22South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Battleship XU.S.S. South Dakota
[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
23South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Beginning of Great Changes
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
24South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Birthplace of the Modern Hot Air BalloonSioux Falls, South Dakota
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
25South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Bomber Rams Skyscraper
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
26South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Bronze Propeller
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
27South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — bud
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
28South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cascade Mill
As the lesser known of the original mills built in early Sioux Falls along the banks of the Big Sioux River, the Cascade Mill was built slightly before its bigger, more expensive, grandiose neighbor at the falls - The Queen Bee Mill. At half the . . . Map (db m194828) HM
29South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cascade Milling Company
The Cascade Milling Company, built in 1877 for E.A. Sherman and other investors, was located on the east bank of the river and north of the 8th Street bridge. The Company became the first to sell electricity in the city in 1885. An electric . . . Map (db m194907) HM
30South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Ceremonial Dance Circle
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
31South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cherry Rock Bridge
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
32South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Children's Care Hospital & School
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
33South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cigar Manufacturing
(side 1) Between 1870 and 1920, Phillips Avenue was the center of a thriving cigar manufacturing industry. An average of four or five small cigar factories operated within a few blocks of this spot. Because the typical smoker consumed . . . Map (db m124098) HM
34South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Col. Melvin Grigsby (1845-1917)McKennan Park Historic District
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
35South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Columbus College
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
36South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Congregation Sons of IsraelFirst Jewish House of Worship in South Dakota — 1916 —
Since the territorial days of 1870s, Jewish people have played an important role in the social, economic and cultural life of South Dakota. In the 1880s, Sioux Falls experienced an influx of Reformed Jews from Germany, who became some of the city’s . . . Map (db m134205) HM
37South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Course — 8th Street Bridge —
There were several flour mills and lumberyards along the early downtown riverfront. Railroads linked local suppliers with buyers across the Midwest but flooding and a lack of reliable river levels eventually led to a redevelopment of the area. . . . Map (db m195032) HM
38South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Cradle of Statehood
Side 1 After two decades of presidents' appointing governors and other officials from outside the territory, a statehood movement began in the 1880s in the southern half of Dakota Territory. The movement was led by a small group of . . . Map (db m169922) HM
39South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — cultivate
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
40South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Dakota Conflict
On August 25, 1862, Willie Amidon, son of Judge Joseph B. Amidon, stumbled upon a war party of Santee Sioux hiding in a cornfield on the bluffs north of Sioux Falls City. The concealed warriors were waiting for nightfall, or dawn, to launch a . . . Map (db m194696) HM
41South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Dakota Iron Store
On this site in March 1910, Bernard Scott Reardon, Sr. and an associate founded the Dakota Iron Store as a wholesale distributor of heavy hardware, farm equipment, and automotive parts and supplies. In 1975 the corporate name was changed to DaKon . . . Map (db m124197) HM
42South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Department of Veterans Affairs
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
43South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Dillinger Gang Bank Robbery
On March 6, 1934, John Dillinger led five other gangsters in a brazen daylight robbery of the Security National Bank. Arriving in a stolen 1934 Packard, Dillinger and three men entered the bank lobby. All wore turned-down, wide-brimmed felt hats to . . . Map (db m192173) HM
44South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Disperse
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
45South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Divorce Capital
(side one) Between 1877 and 1909, Sioux Falls was known as the “Divorce Capital of the Nation.” Lenient residency laws and multiple divorce grounds were available in Dakota Territory and South Dakota. Wealthy men and women from . . . Map (db m124187) HM
46South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Drs. Van Demark
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
47South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — E. A. Sherman1844-1916
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
48South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 542 — Early Firefighting in Sioux Falls
A frontier town such as Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, built almost entirely of wood and surrounded by highly flammable prairie grass could be swiftly consumed by uncontrolled fire. Without protection, farms and towns were vulnerable . . . Map (db m184701) HM
49South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Early Sioux Falls
Over history the falls have been revered by many different Native American cultures. No formal archaeological digs have been performed at the falls area, but stone tools have been found throughout the region. The area surrounding the falls was . . . Map (db m124493) HM
50South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Earth-Hut Villages
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
51South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 671 — Eliza Tupper Wilkes(1844-1917)
Arriving in Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory in 1878, Eliza Tupper Wilkes quickly became one of the community leaders of the small prairie town. She was born Eliza Smith Tupper on October 8, 1844 in Houlton, Maine. As a young woman she . . . Map (db m184707) HM
52South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — evolve
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
53South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Falls Park BridgeMay, 1977
Through the combined efforts of the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board, the Northern States Power company, and the River Improvement Society (Rise). This bridge is dedicated to the people of Sioux Falls to provide better access to the city's . . . Map (db m112815) HM
54South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — First Baptist Church
In 1872 Baptist services in Sioux Falls were held sporadically as the number of Baptists was too small to form a congregation. Soon morning services were held on alternate Sundays at Allen's Hall located at the northeast corner of 8th Street and . . . Map (db m192221) HM
55South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — First Congregational Church
The birthplace of First Congregational Church was in an abandoned enlisted men's barracks at Fort Dakota, a frontier outpost. The fort closed in 1869. Before its buildings were razed, many newcomers coming to resettle Sioux Falls temporarily lived . . . Map (db m192120) HM
56South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — First Industrial Park
Visible to the southeast are the 10th Street Bridge, the Viaduct and the area known as Fawick Park. The bridge and viaduct were originally constructed in 1889 serving as a link between east Sioux Falls and the downtown area. The area to the south of . . . Map (db m184846) HM
57South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Flooding
Floods have been common along the Big Sioux River for hundreds of years. The combination of flat land, heavy snows, and spring rains can be disastrous. One of the most devastating floods occurred in 1881. The winter had been particularly harsh, . . . Map (db m124499) HM
58South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Flourish
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
59South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — foliate
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
60South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Forgotten Heroes
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
61South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Fort Dakota
In late 1862, as the Civil War raged on in parts of the South, the Great Plains faced a war of their own: a battle between Native Americans and early settlers of the region. As violence escalated in Minnesota, news of the battles and ensuing . . . Map (db m194831) HM
62South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Fort Dakota
On the west side of the River was the site of Fort Dakota. Sioux Falls, initially settled in 1857, was evacuated when the "Dakota War" of 1862 in southwest Minnesota threatened the settlement and remained deserted until Fort Dakota was established . . . Map (db m194905) HM
63South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Fort Dakota, D.T.
(side one) Residents fled Sioux Falls City, Dakota Territory, after the 1862 slaying of the Amidons. The town site was abandoned until May 5, 1865, when Lt. Col. John Pattee chose this location for Fort Brookings, a new military post. . . . Map (db m124189) HM
64South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Fort Sod
To the east of the Rock Island railroad depot is a memorial to the settlers of "Sioux Falls City" who occupied this area between 1857 and 1862. Due to a scare that Indians were about to attack in June of 1858, a sod fortification was constructed . . . Map (db m184847) HM
65South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Fort Sod
In the summer of 1858, a fort was built nearby to defend the early Sioux Falls settlers against the Yankton Sioux Indians. A stand-off ensued. The Claim In the fall of 1856, speculators from the Western Town Company claimed a town . . . Map (db m192046) HM
66South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Foster Children Tragedy
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
67South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Foundation of the City
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
68South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland”
This spot is near the center of an area called “Siouxland,” so named by writer Frederick F. Manfred (1912–1994). Manfred established a distinct identity for this region, the drainage basin of the Big Sioux River. It includes parts . . . Map (db m92175) HM
69South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 675 — From Glory to GloryAll Saints Historic District
All Saints School was founded in 1884 by Bishop William Hobart Hare as an Episcopalian boarding school for daughters of missionary clergy men and other young women in Dakota Territory. In memory of his late wife and in tribute to all women, he . . . Map (db m184709) HM
70South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — fruit
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
71South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Germania Hall
Herein was Held State Constitutional Conventions of 1883 - 1885 - 1889 and other Historic Gatherings Map (db m169926) HM
72South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Germania Hall
The present City Hall sets on the site of Germania Hall, which was razed in 1934. Germania Hall was erected by the Germania Verein following the organization of the society on January 11, 1880. The building was purchased by the city on October 20, . . . Map (db m192130) HM
73South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — germinate
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
74South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Great Northern
The Great Northern Railway (GNR), once one of the premier railroad systems in the nation, was the dream of entrepreneur James J. Hill. Beginning in 1878 with a small bankrupt St. Paul railroad, Hill developed a huge rail network that he named the . . . Map (db m194746) HM
75South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Harnessing the River
During the City's early years, a number of industries located at the Falls of the Big Sioux River and used the energy produced by the river's flow to run their machinery. The Queen Bee Mill and the Sioux Falls Light & Power Company . . . Map (db m124191) HM
76South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Hattie C. Phillips1841 – 1933
This plaque is dedicated to an outstanding pioneer woman whose efforts helped to develop the religious, educational, civic, and cultural life of the community. Dr. Josiah L. Phillips brought his wife Hattie to abandoned Fort Dakota in 1870, . . . Map (db m192243) HM
77South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Hazel O'Connor
With a pioneer spirit Hazel O'Connor has continually let the way toward a better Sioux Falls. One of her many special concerns has been the Big Sioux River and the falls, the city's namesake. As a leader of the City Federation of Women's clubs, . . . Map (db m112819) HM
78South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Helen Gale McKennan1841 - 1906
An early pioneer and land speculator in Sioux Falls, Helen McKennan recognized a need for city parks. She donated her home and 20 acres of adjacent land in 1906 to become what is now known as McKennan Park. Martin . . . Map (db m113432) HM
79South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Historic River Crossing
This is the site of the earliest documented river crossing, used both by Native American peoples as well as Euro-American pioneers traveling the Yankton Trail. Prior to 1926, below the 9th Street Parking Ramp to the Northwest, a small island divided . . . Map (db m184843) HM
80South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Hive of the Queen City
The Falls were at the heart of the young city of Sioux Falls — nicknamed the Queen City. The Queen Bee Mill stood at the most powerful point of the Falls and was a center of activity in the 1880s. The Queen Bee Mill was sited to take full . . . Map (db m124190) HM
81South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Horse-Drawn Streetcars
At the urging of the Sioux Falls City Council, in March of 1887, Richard F. Pettigrew agreed to build and operate the city's first public transit system. After the city council granted him a franchise, Pettigrew, who was a public-spirited civic . . . Map (db m184702) HM
82South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Human Timeline
About 10,000 B.C., as the Wisconsin glacier retreated at the end of the last Ice Age, the first humans came into this region. These nomadic hunters pursued mammoths and other large mammals. Now known as Paleoindians, their spears were tipped with . . . Map (db m198702) HM
83South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Illinois Central Depot
Directly east is the Illinois Central Railroad Passenger Depot. The Illinois Central, the fourth railroad company to extend its service to Sioux Falls, opened its line and passenger depot in December, 1887. The building became a freight depot after . . . Map (db m124587) HM
84South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 543 — In Memory of Makana Na Ota E 'En
Enraged over the broken promises of the white man, the Santee Sioux, led by Chief Little Crow, launched the "War of the Outbreak" - or "Dakota War" - in August, 1862, along the Minnesota River. Little Crow ordered White . . . Map (db m184699) HM
85South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — In the Name of Progress
"The vast granite walls which have stood for years, rugged and wildly picturesque, a great and inspiring example of the handwork of God, are being smoothed away by the kiss of the hammer and the marvelous power of the explosives". . . . Map (db m112813) HM
86South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — 679 — Incident at Fort Sod
In the fall of 1856, speculators from the Western Town Company of Dubuque, Iowa, claimed a town site at the Falls of the Big Sioux River. The next spring, men joined them from the Dakota Land Company of St. Paul. Together, they founded Sioux Falls . . . Map (db m184704) HM
87South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Industry
In the 1880s, wheat was among the major crops grown locally, and the need to process the grain locally arose. In 1877, the Cascade Mill purchased water rights and five acres of land on the east side of the Big Sioux River, north of Eighth Street, . . . Map (db m124498) HM
88South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Inland Seas
(side 1) The changing of global sea levels over millions of years was a major factor in determining the ancient geography of Minnehaha County. Through much of geologic time, salty warm-water seas covered the interior of the United . . . Map (db m124175) HM
89South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — James Brothers
After their September 7, 1876, failed attempt to rob a bank at Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse and Frank James separated from the Younger Brothers gang, rode southwest, and entered Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory. Little direct evidence exists . . . Map (db m197202) HM
90South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Jewett Bros. & Jewett Warehouse1899/1909
National Register of Historic Places Constructed in 1899 (with an addition in 1909) by Jewett Bros. to house their wholesale food business, this building was placed on the National Register in 1983 as part of the Old Courthouse and Warehouse . . . Map (db m124497) HM
91South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — John Deere
In 1907 the John Deere plow company built this distributbion headquarters for the upper midwest. This building was designed to service the John Deere dealers throughout the Dakotas. At that time John Deere sold a variety of agricultural products . . . Map (db m194673) HM
92South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Josephine Martin Glidden Memorial Chapel
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m181922) HM
93South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Josiah Phillips
Josiah L. Phillips, was born in Maine in 1835. He graduated from a Chicago medical school at the age of 21. After moving to Dubuque, Iowa, he joined the Western Town Company. In 1856 it had laid claim to a town site at the falls of the Big Sioux . . . Map (db m192218) HM
94South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Kaufmann House Mystery
This 1887 mansion was the home of Moses Kaufmann, a partner in the Sioux Falls Brewery, and his wife Emma. In February 1906 they hired teenager Agnes Polreis as their new servant girl. She died June 1. At her funeral in Parkston, friends became . . . Map (db m194684) HM
95South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty first graced McKennan Park in 1942 although the statue was not formally dedicated until August 1, 1943. As several thousand watched, twins Thelma and Elma Iverson unveiled a wood carving of the Statue of Liberty. The statue had been . . . Map (db m113437) HM
96South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Launch — 8th Street Bridge —
Early settlers embraced the Big Sioux River for its industrial potential, but the river was also an important recreational amenity Bring your love to the bridge. Initial, Attach & Kiss! #sflovelock The Love Lock Wall A love . . . Map (db m195025) HM
97South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Legacy of Ice and Rock
The late-Wisconsin Glacier was no ordinary sheet of ice! The glacier was one mile thick and it stretched from eastern Ohio to the Missouri River. It caused North America's most recent Ice Age, about 14,000 years ago. As the glacier pushed . . . Map (db m112817) HM
98South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Linear Mound
Side 1 When T.H. Lewis surveyed burial mounds in this area in 1884, he sketched an unusual and puzzling linear or "cigar" shaped mound at this spot. Lying from the southeast to the northwest, it measured 60 by 20 feet and was 1 foot . . . Map (db m139854) HM
99South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Lost Bird
On December 28, 1890, 500 well-armed soldiers of the Seventh Cavalry surrounded a tepee camp of 350 Lakota prisoners of war at Wounded Knee Creek S.D. During a search for weapons the next morning, a Lakota accidentally discharged his rifle. Reacting . . . Map (db m131968) HM
100South Dakota (Minnehaha County), Sioux Falls — Lt. Jonas Lien
(side one) After the United States declared war against Spain in 1898, Jonas H. Lien enlisted into the First Regiment of the newly formed South Dakota Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was mustered into federal service at Camp Dewey in . . . Map (db m124196) HM WM

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Jun. 25, 2022