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Judge Amidon Monument

Judge Amidon Monument

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  • Date Posted: May 5, 2014
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  • Address: Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Judge Amidon Monument


Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Minnehaha County. It has a population of about 124,000 people.

Sioux Falls was originally laid out near the Big Sioux River. Today, Sioux Falls is located at the junction of I-90 and I-29.

A number of indian tribes inhabited this area near the Big Sioux River before the Europeans settled the area. A number of burial mounds left by these tribes can be found in the areas around Sioux Falls.

Railroads arrived in Sioux Falls in the 1880’s resulting in a population boom. In the 1890’s however, city was overtaken with a grasshopper plague and a national depression. The towns growth halted for a decade.

In 1909 the John Morrell meat packing plant brought business to Sioux Falls. And a military base increased the growth of the community during World War II in 1942. In 1981, Citibank relocated its primary credit card center from New York to Sioux Falls.

The Amidon Monument was constructed at the site where Joseph B. Amidon and his son William were killed on August 25, 1862 during a Sioux Uprising. They were making hay in a field near their cabin. When Judge Amidon and William did not arrive home, Mrs. Amidon became concerned and alerted the Dakota Cavalry. They went out in search of the two, but did not find them until morning. Judge Amidon had been shot in the head. William’s body had been pierced a number of times with arrows.

Ghosts and Paranormal Events:

Orbs and strange feelings of being watched have been reported at the Amidon Monument.


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