Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Wilds of South Dakota

Lake Thompson Recreation Area ~ part of the South Dakota State Park system.  Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about
Lakes Henry and Thompson when they were two lakes back in the late 19th century.  

South Dakota
is one of the prettiest states in the union.

With its wide open prairies stretching out for miles in every direction;
buttes rising up out of the Missouri, the Sioux and other rivers, 
and even with bigger cities dotting the countryside,
there is always a sense of "the prairie..."







All along the highways of Nebraska and South Dakota, cities and towns have markers and often memorials
to entice travelers and locals to stop by and visit.  We stopped at several memorials welcoming us into towns.


With its haunting beauty, the prairie whispers in its daily winds
for one to come take a walk, go for a bike ride,
or just explore and travel back in the land's time machine
to the state's earlier, wild days as a expansion territory...

Crossing the Missouri River


In 1803, Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery, and named U.S. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis its leader, who in turn selected William Clark as second in command. ~  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_Expedition 

Lewis and Clark along with their team of men, began surveying 
South Dakota territory in the summer of 1804 reaching
Sioux City, Iowa, in August.  One of their party,

Sgt. Charles Floyd, Jr.
became ill with probably peritonitis due to an inflamed and
ruptured appendix and died there along the banks of
the Big Sioux River, a tributary of the Missouri.

Mr. Clark wrote of Sgt. Floyd:
 . . Serj. Floyd died with a great deal of composure. Before his death he said to me, "I am going away. I want you to write me a letter." We buried him on the top of the bluff ½ mile below a small river to which we gave his name. He was buried with the Honors of War much lamented. A seeder {cedar} post with the (I) Name Sergt. C. Floyd died here 20th of August 1804 was fixed at his grave. This man at alltimes gave us proofs of his firmness and determined resolution to doe service to his countrey and honor to himself . . . 

I wrote about North Sioux City 
in a post last month describing how within a 10-minutes-drive you can be in 
three different states ~ Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. 
There are several memorials in the area and the 
Sgt. Floyd Monument
a commanding obelisk 100' tall, is there on the north bluff overlooking the Big Sioux River, 
a tributary of the Missouri River.  The monument and surrounding park of 25 acres is
lovely and quite peaceful, a fitting last resting place for Sgt. Floyd.

***Click on the monument name above to visit the
National Park website to learn more about
Sgt. Floyd and the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.



Driving along the prairies along Interstate 90

Thunderheads piling up in the East ~ signs of a rainstorm but luckily Not a tornado! 



Four men in the mist ~ Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln

Amazing views from anywhere within Mt. Rushmore park!

Another view of Lake Thompson, South Dakota



One of the placards on the walking tour at Mt. Rushmore National Park


This summer our whole family including grandparents
will converge in South Dakota for the wedding of our son to his bride~to~be.
I'll be once again shooting photos of the South Dakota towns and prairies
but
if you have any requests for places to visit, 
email me at 
french.ethereal@gmail.com
as we will be traveling through 14 states taking our daughter and her goods 
to her new home in Texas then traveling onward up through Oklahoma,
Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and into South Dakota
{not necessarily in that order}.
;)

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Happy Monday and Blessings to you,
Barb :)


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