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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Yankton, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Yankton County, SD (22) Bon Homme County, SD (3) Clay County, SD (20) Hutchinson County, SD (5) Turner County, SD (6) Cedar County, NE (7) Knox County, NE (5)  YanktonCounty(22) Yankton County (22)  BonHommeCounty(3) Bon Homme County (3)  ClayCounty(20) Clay County (20)  HutchinsonCounty(5) Hutchinson County (5)  TurnerCounty(6) Turner County (6)  CedarCountyNebraska(7) Cedar County (7)  KnoxCounty(5) Knox County (5)
Yankton is in Yankton County
      Yankton County (22)  
      Bon Homme County (3)  
      Clay County (20)  
      Hutchinson County (5)  
      Turner County (6)  
      Cedar County, Nebraska (7)  
      Knox County, Nebraska (5)  
 
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1South 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
2South 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
3South 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
4South 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
5South 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
6South 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
7South 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
8South 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
9South 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
10South 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
11South 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
12South 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
13South 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
14South 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
15South 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
16South 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
17South Dakota (Yankton County), Yankton — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all veterans, living or deceased, of all wars.Map (db m178462) WM
18South 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
19South 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
20South 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
 
 
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