Protecting the Frontier: Fort Dakota Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum


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Old Courthouse Museum]
200 West 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD

Organized By:

Adam Nelson

The wild prairies of Dakota Territory lured settlers to start a new beginning on the unknown frontier. A tense period of time in the United States, the Dakota War of 1862 seeped into Dakota Territory, sending settlers into a fearful panic. Rumors of Native Americans on the warpath made the once enterprising pioneers abandon their homes and move to larger cities. The United States Government understood a military presence in Dakota would make settlers feel safe and would encourage others to move to the frontier. Established in 1865 at the current site of downtown Sioux Falls, Fort Dakota was created. For four years, soldiers encountered the trials and tribulations of weather, settlers, and Native Americans. Discover the life at Fort Dakota through first-hand accounts, uniforms, and weaponry used during the infancy of Sioux Falls in the new exhibit Protecting the Frontier: Fort Dakota.

Old Courthouse Museum]

200 West 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD