Fifth Mound
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N 43° 32.089 W 096° 45.796
14T E 680725 N 4822638
Quick Description: The Fifth Mound in Sherman Park in Sioux Falls.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2006 9:33:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMAX5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Sometimes we tend to think that the park began when E.A. Sherman purchased it in 1886. But the land had for many years before that been home to the native people who had roamed the prairie. They must have also enjoyed the view from on top of the bluff above the river that they had named Tchankasn-data, or thick-wooded river. They picked that bluff as a place to bury their dead, and four Indian burial mounds are located there high above the valley of the Big Sioux River. But who were they, and when did they visit this area? In 1962, in an effort to learn more about the mounds and the people who built them, the City decided to have the mounds opened. City Commissioner Earl McCart contacted the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion with a request for them to come and explore the mounds. In 1963, the second mound from the east was excavated. It revealed four skeletons of native people and the skeleton of a horse. The mounds were determined to be 1,600 years old by dating the carbon from bits of burned wood. The study of the mounds revealed that they had been built by a group of native people called the Woodland Indians, and in 1963 a state historical marker was placed at the site to tell the story of these early inhabitants of the prairie. In 2001, the Minnehaha Historical Society constructed a fifth mound at the site to replace one that had been destroyed. It is the westernmost mound at the site.
Marker Name: Fifth Mound

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
Sherman Park Marker will post picture.

Visit Instructions:
A photo of the 'Marker' or 'Plaque' is required to identify the location, plus a picture of the 'Historic Site'. If you do not post a photo your log will be deleted.
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