Prison Quarry
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member theroths3
N 43° 33.444 W 096° 43.413
14T E 683866 N 4825233
Quick Description: Dakota penitentary and Siouz quartzite quarry.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2007 5:56:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM1R44
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 69

Long Description:
(side one)
Congress appropriated $30,000 in 1881 for the construction of a prison in Sioux Falls to serve Dakota Territory. In order to finance a building large enough to house up to 150 inmates, the territorial legislature autorized a bond issue for a like amount. By November 1882 the first wing was finished. Prisoners were returned from Detroit, Michigan, where they had been sent to serve their sentences while Dakota was without a penitentary. This location was obtained as a quary for the prison.

(side two)
Armed gaurds marched gangs of prisoners down the bluff to quarry Sioux quartzite. The prisoners then used horse drawn wagons to haul dressed blocks of quartzite up the 100-foot north bluff to build additional buildings in the prison compound. In two years the facility was nearly completed, including a residence for the warden and his family. Prisoners also used stone from the quarry to build a wall to enclose the prison yard. It replaced the wooden stockade that first surreouded the prison.
Marker Name: Prison Quarry

Marker Type: Other

Marker Text:
(side one) Congress appropriated $30,000 in 1881 for the construction of a prison in Sioux Falls to serve Dakota Territory. In order to finance a building large enough to house up to 150 inmates, the territorial legislature autorized a bond issue for a like amount. By November 1882 the first wing was finished. Prisoners were returned from Detroit, Michigan, where they had been sent to serve their sentences while Dakota was without a penitentary. This location was obtained as a quary for the prison. (side two) Armed gaurds marched gangs of prisoners down the bluff to quarry Sioux quartzite. The prisoners then used horse drawn wagons to haul dressed blocks of quartzite up the 100-foot north bluff to build additional buildings in the prison compound. In two years the facility was nearly completed, including a residence for the warden and his family. Prisoners also used stone from the quarry to build a wall to enclose the prison yard. It replaced the wooden stockade that first surreouded the prison.


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