Minnehaha County

Minnehaha county was created by the first legislature and an organization was effected, but it lapsed that year owning to the Indian troubles, which drove whites away. The earliest exploration of the section was by LeSeuer's voyageurs in 1700 or thereabouts. The settlement began in 1857, but as stated before, was broken up by the Indians. The new settlement began with the location of Fort Dakota in 1865. Few settlers came until about 1869 and 1870. Sioux Falls, the county seat, is the location of the penitentiary, located in 1877-79. School for Deaf Mutes, 1883: Children's Home, 1890: United States court, 1890. The three successive constitutional conventions were held in Sioux Falls, 1883, 1885, 1889. Important wholesaling and distributing point. Fred Cross was immigration commissioner, 1875-1877: Richard F. Pettigrew, member of Congress 1881-83: United States Senator, 1889-1901; Melvin Grigsby, attorney general, 1897-99; colonel Grigsby's Cowboys, in Spanish War, 1898: United States attorney for Alaska, 1902; Alfred B. Kittredge. United States Senator 1901; Charles E. McKinney, railroad commissioner, 1891-3: Joseph M. Bailey, territorial treasurer, 1889. Company B. First South Dakota, in Philippine war, and Troop B. Grigsby's Cowboys, recruited here. Area, 802 square miles. Population, 1900. 23,896. Dell Rapids, Garretson and Valley Springs are other important towns. Agriculture and quarrying the chief industries.
(History of South Dakota by Doane Robinson, 1904, Vol.I, p.404)


Argus Leader Sioux Falls History

1899 History of Minnehaha County

History of South Dakota

1884 Andreas' Historical Atlas of Dakota

Dakotas in 1889

Women Of the West/Homesteading In A Sod House

Barn Again In Minnehaha County

The Poorhouse Story
Historical Notes About Minnehaha County PoorHouse

The Overland Trail

South Dakota Oral History Center

Sioux Falls Historical Attractions

Center for Western Studies
2201 S. Summit Ave.
Box 727
Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Phone: 605-274-4007 or 1-800-727-2844 (ext. 4007)

Old Courthouse Museum
200 West Sixth Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57102-0302

Pettigrew Home & Museum
(Home of Senator Richard F. Pettigrew Pic & Bio
who served in the Senate from 1889 to 1901)
131 N. Duluth Ave
City, State: Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605)367-7097

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