Prison Quarry

Prison Quarry (HM24QX)

Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Minnehaha County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 33.445', W 96° 43.412'

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(Side One)

Congress appropriated $30,000 in 1881 for the construction of a prison in Sioux Falls to serve Dakota Territory. In order to finance a building large enough to house up to 150 inmates, the territorial legislature authorized a bond issue for a like amount. By November 1882 the first wing was finished. Prisoners were returned from Detroit, Michigan, whree they had been sent to serve their sentences while Dakota was without a penitentiary.

This location was obtained as a quarry for the prison.
(Side Two)

Armed guards marched gangs of prisoners down the bluff to quarry Sioux quartzite.
The prisoners then used horse drawn wagons to haul dressed blocks of quartzite up the 100 feet north bluff to build additional buildings in the prison compound. In two years the facility was nearly completed, including residence for the warden and his family.

Prisoners also used stone from this quarry to build a wall to enclose the prison yard. It replaced the wooden stockade that first surrounded the prison.
HM NumberHM24QX
Year Placed2004
Placed ByMinnehaha County Historical Society and the City of Sioux Falls
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 10:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 683867 N 4825235
Decimal Degrees43.55741667, -96.72353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 33.445', W 96° 43.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 33' 26.7" N, 96° 43' 24.72" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls SD 57104, US
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