Council Rock Historical

Council Rock Historical (HM1XDP)

Location: Redfield, SD 57469 Spink County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 55.062', W 98° 30.737'

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Indian Capitol of the Dakotas

The Sioux tribes established, near here, Council Rock as a central meeting place for all the bands. Using a black oviate rock measuring 6" x 11" surrounded by a circle of stones 15 feet in diameter, representatives of each tribe sat with feet extended toward the Council Rock to settle affairs of the Sioux nation. The site had religious significance and was maintained as a sanctuary from war and strife. As many as 3,000 Teton, Santee, Yankton and Yanktonai gathered here annually for a great Trade Fair, where goods were bartered among the tribes. Needy persons could always find supplies here.

Prehistoric Indian people selected this general area because of the protection afforded by the James River and the high elevation of the terrain. Later the historic Indian people settled in this vicinity and later still, pioneers filed homesteads around Old Ashton, the first county seat of Spink county.

In 1939 the Daughters of the American Revolution and county school children made a reproduction of the original stone and placed it approximately twenty rods south of the original site.
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Year Placed1975
Placed By4-H Bicentennial Community Pride project sponsored by the United States Brewers association, the Spink County 4-H Council, The S.D. Department of Transportation, and the S.D. State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 538494 N 4973923
Decimal Degrees44.91770000, -98.51228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 55.062', W 98° 30.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 55' 3.72" N, 98° 30' 44.22" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17000-17082 US-281, Redfield SD 57469, US
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