A Trip Across the Country - Stop 1

A Trip Across the Country - Stop 1
Sioux Falls is a city in South Dakota. The Big Sioux River tumbles over a series of rock faces in Falls Park, which includes an observation tower and the ruins of the 19th-century Queen Bee Mill. The Queen Anne–style Pettigrew Home & Museum has artifacts collected by Senator Richard F. Pettigrew. The Old Courthouse Museum offers exhibits on local history. Southwest, Sertoma Park has a butterfly house and an aquarium.
— Google

This was an accidentally find. We stopped in Sioux Falls not for anything outdoors but to grab some food and keep on driving. However after eating a wonderful meal at Marlin’s Family Restaurant, I wanted a walk and Kevin found this.

We ended up spending over an hour walking around the falls reading the historical signs attached. My camera got pretty wet while I attempt to take pictures and we ended up in a few conversations about how I take pictures of just us. Unfortunately we did not know about the butterfly house or aquarium so we didn’t see them. But the walk was well worth the stop.

A reoccurring theme for us this entire trip was that there was a lot of water. Flooding throughout Wyoming, South Dakota, and into Wisconsin stopped us from going to a few places we wanted to go. So we will have to try again in the future.

As with any place I tend to walk through as of late, I notice something missing. Something I am not sure how to dig into. Everything historic about the place was built from a time when white men were spreading colonies. There is no mention of what this area was to the aboriginal people who were settled here before then. Or of the damage that colonialism has done to the land and people. With the help of native-land.ca I was able to determine that the area used to be the land of the Yankton and Očeti Šakówiŋ tribes but wasn’t able to find much more information.

As we travel I want to learn more about the land I have immigrated too, however I want to learn all aspects of it from the good to the bad. Is this something you have ever thought about?

Have you ever been to Sioux Falls?

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