Oelrichs (HM1OHI)

Location: Oelrichs, SD 57763 Fall River County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 10.872', W 103° 14.268'

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A South Dakota Centennial Project

The Town of Oelrichs, Dakota Territory, began in 1885. Harry Oelrichs (1856-1902) of New York came in 1882 and bought out several large cattle ranches, totaling 35,000 head of cattle, for the Anglo-American Cattle Company. At this time, thousands of Texas Longhorn cattle roamed freely throughout the area.

In 1885 the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad was completed through town. In the same year Harry Oelrichs established his headquarters east of the railroad tracks, which was formerly the Tan Ranch. He brought culture to the town, and many social activities took place. Celebrities frequently visited. Ill health forced him to return to New York in 1887. The town boasted over 2,000 people at this time. In 1887 an abattoir was built near the railroad tracks. Cattle and hogs were slaughtered daily and shipped to eastern markets. The abattoir closed in 1889. The settlers began fencing their claims, closing the open range and forcing the larger ranches out. Oelrichs became a farming and ranching community and remains that today.
In the proud and independent spirit of today's people and in the steadfast spirit of our ancestors, we dedicate this plaque for future generations.
Year Placed1989
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Date Added Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 643212 N 4782444
Decimal Degrees43.18120000, -103.23780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 10.872', W 103° 14.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 10' 52.32" N, 103° 14' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-385, Oelrichs SD 57763, US
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