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Marks of History
PIERRE, S.D. – In the 1930’s, the Stratosphere Bowl was selected as a launching location for two helium-filled balloons. The first balloon launch, known as Explorer I, was in 1934. The second and more successful launch with Explorer II occurred in 1935.
PIERRE, S.D. - The vision for Mount Rushmore National Memorial started with Doane Robinson, a South Dakota state historian, as a way to increase tourism to South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D. – In 1885, the Dakota Territory was graced with the stately Mellette House. Arthur Calvin Mellette and his wife Margaret constructed the house for themselves and their four boys. Arthur served as the tenth governor of the Dakota Territory and the first governor of South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D. - The USS South Dakota was the most decorated war ship of WWII and one of the most decorated U.S. battleships in history.
PIERRE, S.D. - Jedediah Smith first ventured into Dakota Territory in the early 1800s. He gained fame as a frontiersman and explorer, and may be acknowledged with mapping out and discovering much of western Dakota Territory.
PIERRE, S.D. - Dakota Territory was established in 1861. Shortly after, the Black Hills gold rush was booming and luring fortune seekers and entrepreneurs to the Dakotas by the thousands.
PIERRE, S.D. - In 1804, at the time of Struck by the Ree’s birth, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were having council near his tribe’s encampment along the Missouri River.
PIERRE, S.D. - Nestled between towering trees of the De Smet State Forest, the marshes of Silver Lake, and endless prairie grasses lays a little piece of land where the Ingalls family made their home.
PIERRE, S.D. - In 1939, Cecil Clyde Gideon gained accreditation for designing the first set of pigtail bridges in the world. Gideon was a self-taught man who trained himself in the skill sets which made him a master builder, architect, craftsman, lawman and highway designer.
PIERRE, S.D. - Frank Bem sparked the start of Tabor, S.D., in 1869 by advertising land to Czechoslovakian settlers who were in search of a place to call home. Bem was of Czech heritage and was determined to make a haven for Czech immigrants on the Dakota prairie.