Minnehaha County
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GPX Navigators
N 43° 36.580 W 096° 27.603
14T E 704971 N 4831655
Quick Description: Description & History of Minnehaha County, SD
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/11/2006 12:10:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMCC2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member cary1952
Views: 33

Long Description:
No one knows when the first people came to live on the land that now comprises Minnehaha County, but native Woodloand and Oneota peoples were here over 1000 years ago. The Big Sioux River which flows south through the county, appears on maps in Paris in 1702. The Sioux Indians arrived soon thereafter and have lived in the area for over 250 years.

The county, 24 miles north and south by 34 miles east & west had much of its surface formed by the Late Wisconsin Glacier. The falls of the Big Sioux River, its most notable feature, were formed in the Precambrian pink quartzite about 1.7 billion years ago.

The first European known with certainty to visit the falls was Philander Prescott in 1832. He was followed by explorers, trappers and traders until the oxcarts & covered wagons of the first permanent settlers in 1856. The railroad arrived in 1878 and with it growth.

See this link for more of a history of the county:

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Marker Name: Minnehaha County

Marker Type: City

Marker Text: Not listed

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