“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Pierre, South Dakota Historical Markers

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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2017
A Changing Landscape Marker
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — A Changing Landscape
The landscape before you has undergone many changes since 1804. The Army's Corps of Discovery, headed by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, passed through here heading west. The hill you are standing on is man-made, associated with . . . — Map (db m112893) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Alexander McDonald Putello
Alexander McDonald Putello alias “Arkansaw” killed here by Vigilantes November 18, 1880 Erected 1950 by L.B. Albright & Co. PierreMap (db m124284) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Charles Hyde's Legacy
Charles L. Hyde devoted much time and energy to promoting the young town of Pierre. A true believer in the city, Hyde built five of the seven buildings in Pierre's historic commercial district along upper Pierre Street. The St. Charles Hotel was his . . . — Map (db m124294) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Combat Wounded Veterans
Top Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars.

Front My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country;s way to show they care if I could be seen by all mankind. Maybe peace will come in my . . . — Map (db m45285) HM

South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of South Dakota by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence Drive . . . — Map (db m45286) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — 630 — First and Only Hanging in Hughes County
The first and only hanging in Hughes County was April 18, 1885 when James H. Bell, who killed Forest G. Small with a hatchet on Dec. 4th, 1884, was hanged to a ladder leaned against the county flag pole here after a mob took him from the county jail . . . — Map (db m124279) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — 692 — Hughes County Courthouse / Site of First Library in Pierre
Hughes County Courthouse (marker side 1) The Hughes County Courthouse was built and occupied in February 1935, to replace the original 1883 brick structure. The new Courthouse was designed by architects Hugill and Blatherwick of Sioux . . . — Map (db m124269) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — 702 — John Sutherland and the Capital Fights
Born in Canada, John Sutherland taught school in Wisconsin and received his law degree from Brown University. He came to Dakota Territory in 1884. The young Scottish attorney led Pierre’s campaign committee to resounding victories in the . . . — Map (db m124080) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Lewis & Clark TrailGriffin Park
Welcome to Griffin Park! Griffin Park is located next to the Great Missouri, on which Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled during their Journey to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark's travels through this area have been considered as one of . . . — Map (db m124870) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, officially the Corps of Discovery, was in what is now South Dakota from August 21 to October 14, 1804 and from August 21 to September 4, 1806. While here they would make numerous discoveries of animals, plants, . . . — Map (db m124871) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Lindbergh Landing Site
Side 1 On this, then private, pasture dotted with Sioux Effigies (see marker north 2 miles), Colonel Charles Lindbergh landed his Ryan monoplane, "The Spirit of Saint Louis", September 1st 1927 at exactly 4 pm. On May 21st he had been . . . — Map (db m112834) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Pierre
Lewis and Clark and their men then spent September 21-29, 1804, in this area. Private John Colter camped and hunted on what is known today as Farm Island. Captain Clark dubbed La Framboise Island "Good Humored Island" as he and Captain Lewis were . . . — Map (db m123914) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — 143 — Pierre Was A Cowtown / Reading Brands
Pierre Was a Cowtown (marker side 1) Yes sir, Mister, Pierre was a cowtown. Why they built the sidewalks two feet off the ground to keep the cows from spattering ‘em up. The stockyards ran longside the river for half a mile and three . . . — Map (db m124153) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Pierre's First School
A one-room 14'x20' wooden building on the east side of Coteau Street served as Pierre's first schoolhouse. Eighteen students attended in 1881, closing when the public school opened in October of that same year. The little building was moved to . . . — Map (db m123983) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Sioux Indian Mosaic.9 of a Mile
An Aricara lookout surprised by a Sioux War party and badly wounded, took flight to warn his kinsmen. He ran about one-half mile and keeled over dead. The Sioux, admiring his bravery, placed a rock for each drop of his blood and a cairn where he . . . — Map (db m112885) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Soldiers' & Sailors' World War Memorial
Dedicated to the brave sons of South Dakota who gave their lives to preserve liberty. Anno Domini MCMXXXMap (db m45284) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — South Dakota State Capitol
Choosing South Dakota's capital did not come easily. Elections in 1889, 1890, and 1904 put the capital location to a vote of the people. Pierre won all three elections. Once the site was established, a grand capitol went up. The capitol symbolized . . . — Map (db m44715) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark lead about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a rout to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . — Map (db m112890) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — The Oahe Dam & Lake
This huge structure and its lake, 200 miles long, will cover a multitude of Historic Sites. Oahe is a Dacotah (Sioux) Indian word meaning "Something to stand upon," a foundation, and so it was that in 1875 Thomas L. Riggs, Congregational . . . — Map (db m112897) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Turtle Effigy
Effigies are patterns on the land made by the careful placement of stones. There are over one hundred effigies in South Dakota. Created by American Indians, little is understood about the effigies. Archaeologists believe some mark significant . . . — Map (db m112889) HM
South Dakota (Hughes County), Pierre — Walter H. Burke
This American Flag is flown to honor American Veterans of All Wars and in memory of Walter H. Burke, a Past State Commander (1927-1938) and Past Post Commander (1927-1928) of the Pierre Post No. 8, Department of South . . . — Map (db m124286) WM

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