Fur Trapper Ambush, Brandon, South Dakota
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NGComets
N 43° 35.218 W 096° 34.153
14T E 696235 N 4828870
Quick Description: This marker is located in McHardy Park, in Brandon, SD. Dedicated in 2007 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society in Memory of Jon Kentfield. Elevation 1305
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/6/2013 5:58:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMH1CC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Brandon is a growing city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, about 5 miles east of the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls.

As of the 2010 census, its population was 8,785 and the US Census Bureau estimated the population of 8,905 as of July 2011.

German, Norwegian, Irish, Dutch, and Swedish immigrants settled the area and the town was platted in 1878 by the Worthington & Sioux Falls Railroad, a division of the Chicago & Northwestern line. The post office was established later that year.

Brandon spent most of its life as a ‘bedroom’ community, where people lived but worked in Sioux Falls. Because of this, the town was not incorporated until 1973.
Marker Name: Fur Trapper Ambush

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
The first Europeans to enter Minnehaha County in search of animal pelts to satisfy the demand abroad for furs may have been French trappers. Some historians believe that trader Charles Pierre Le Sueur, or his men, visited this area as early as 1683. Le Sueur supplied information for a map, published in Paris in 1701, which included a voyageurs road leading from the Mississippi River to the falls of the Big Sioux River. In the 1850s three men in two canoes heavily laden with fur pelts headed downstream on nearby Split Rock Creek. An Indian warrior shot an arrow from ambush killing trapper Morgan in the lead canoe. Trapper White quickly fired his rifle and killed the warrior. After burying Morgan, White scalped the dead warrior and tacked his scalp to a tree as a warning. The two remaining trappers then continued downstream to Sioux City. Years later, White returned to the ambush scene to place a marker near Morgan's grave. The exact location of the burial site was lost when the marker was removed by road builders in the 1930s.


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