John Thompson, Pioneer
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
N 43° 42.198 W 096° 44.473
14T E 681998 N 4841399
Quick Description: John Thompson arrived in America in 1854 from Norway as an orphan.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/8/2006 9:23:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMC7C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member cary1952
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Long Description:
In June of 1866, John and his wife Kirsti and friends Jonas and Anne Nelson set out in two oxen drawn wagons for Dakota Territory. They arrived June 29, at Fort Dakota located near the Big Sioux River in what is now downtown Sioux Falls. Learning it was unlawful to have a homestead within 70 square miles of a military reservation they decided to move north along the river until they came to Sverdrup Township near Renner. The pair became the first permanent settlers in Minnehaha County. Their daughter was the first white child born in the county also.
Marker Name: John Thompson, Pioneer

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
John Thompson arrived in American in 1854. He was a 13-year old orphan...

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