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Historian Everett Sterling wrote in Vermillion Story (1959) that there was “a 1910 map preserved in the City Building, on which every residence is shown and identified …” Does anyone know where the map is now?

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Sterling’s Vermillion Story is in the Chilson Collection. Other histories about Vermillion and Clay County SD are listed on the Archives and Special Collections web site.

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recipe to cook eggs in the shell

This recipe from Good Things to Eat and How to Prepare Them. Buffalo NY: Larkin Co., 1906. This book is in the Chilson Collection in the the Archives and Special Collections.

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If ghost towns do not need to have standing structures, then Clay County has at least one – Lodi. Bloomingdale may turn out to be another one, but further research is needed to determine if Bloomingdale was a town. Both are now private land and used for farming.

map of Lodi, South Dakota
Plat of Lodi from Illustrated historical atlas of Clay County, South Dakota: including a brief history of Clay County, 1901, by E. Frank Peterson.

Peterson’s atlas can be viewed in the Archives and Special Collections or the Digital Library of South Dakota. The atlas has maps of other towns or villages in Clay County.

The county has a few more towns or villages that no longer exist, but they were moved rather than abandoned. Lincoln relocated and became Meckling.

Please contact us if you know of other abandoned towns in Clay County, SD.

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April is National Poetry Month and March 21st is International Poetry Day.

Browse the shelves in the library and have fun putting titles together to form a poem that pleases you.

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She was active and influential in politics and public education in the early 20th century at the local (Vermillion SD) level and the state level. She also wrote for a local newspaper, the Vermillion Plain Talk.

1866 – birth.

Circa 1888 – graduation from USD and started teaching at Vermillion.

1901 – authored history section of Peterson’s Illustrated Historical Atlas of Clay County.

1911-1914 – Clay County superintendent of schools.

1924 – authored Makers of History; Today and Yesterday.

1926-1930 – Clay County auditor.

1930s– authored 3 stories in Legends of the Mighty Sioux.

1931 – authored Picture Studies: Complete.

1937 – death.

Her picture and obituary can be found at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15663153/florence-belle-conrow.

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Even his wife Eleanor did not know what was in it. In her cookbook, she described the dressing as having a tangy flavor all its own.

George McGovern was an US senator from South Dakota and the Democratic Party presidential nominee 50 years ago in the 1972 presidential election.

This cookbook is in the Chilson Collection in the Archives and Special Collections at the University of South Dakota.

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The mound appears on this 1856 map as Little Spirits Hill.

Warren, Gouverneur Kemble. Reconnoissances in the Dacota Country. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Senate Printer, 1856.  Call number CHILSON COLLECTION F593 .U39 map.

Spirit Mound was described by local Indigenous people to the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. Twenty years ago in 2001, it was replanted with native grasses and joined the South Dakota state park system as Spirit Mound Historic Prairie. In 2010, a geologic survey determined the mound to be a rock-cored drumlin created by a glacier. Check out the websites for Spirit Mound Trust or the Spirit Mound Historic Prairie for more information.

U.S. Geological Survey. Elk Point, S.D. – Neb. – Iowa. 1:125,000. 1908. Call number RICHARDSON COLLECTION G1201.C5 U5 v.156

Both maps can be viewed in the Archives and Special Collections.

Information about the addition of Spirit Mound Historic Prairie to the South Dakota state park system can be found in the William J. Janklow papers at the Archives and Special Collections.

Geologic survey by Cody Miller, Origin and Erosion of Spirit Mound, http://www.spiritmound.com/PDF/Miller_spirit_mound.pdf (accessed November 8, 2021).

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Eastern part of SD was in Iowa Territory 1838–1846.

Morse, Sidney Edwards. Iowa and Wisconsin : Chiefly from the Map of J.N. Nicollet. S.l.: S.n., 1844. RICHARDSON COLLECTION Map 4150 M83 1844

Eastern part of SD was in Minnesota Territory 1849–1858.

Rogers, Henry D., A. Keith Johnston, and John Murray. Territory of Minnesota. Boston: H.D. Rogers, 1857. RICHARDSON COLLECTION Map 4140 H632 1857

Western part of SD was in Nebraska Territory 1854–1861.

Colton, Joseph Hutchins. Nebraska and Kanzas [sic]. New York: J.H. Colton &, 1855. RICHARDSON COLLECTION Map 4130 C722 1855

SD was entirely in Dakota Territory 1861-1889. The original boundaries of Dakota Territory are shown in the first map below. The final boundaries are shown in the second map below.

Johnson, Alvin Jewett. Johnson’s Nebraska, Dakota, Colorado, & Kansas. New York]: Johnson & Ward, 1862. CHILSON COLLECTION G4130 .J6 1862
Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. Territory of Dakota. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1879. CHILSON COLLECTION G4184 .M66 1879

All of these maps can be viewed at the Archives and Special Collections.

Prior to Iowa Territory, the area that would become South Dakota was Native American land, Louisiana Territory, Missouri Territory, Michigan Territory and Wisconsin Territory.

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It was south and west of Yankton, Dakota Territory. This 1872 map can be viewed in the Archives and Special Collections.

Map of Military Department of the Platte, Nebraska. Washington, D.C.: Engineer Dept., U.S. Army (Washington D.C. : N. Peters, Photo-lithographer), 1872.  CHILSON COLLECTION MAP 4190 W728 1872

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Map of the Ceded Part of Dakota Territory: Showing Also Portions of Minnesota, Iowa & Nebraska, Smith, B. M., et al, 1861. Archives and Special Collection has this map in the Chilson Collection with the call number 4130 S64 1861.

The inset map in the upper left corner shows the entire Dakota Territory and its boundaries.

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