National Register Listings in
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

All Saints Historic District All Saints School Main Building Augustana College Historic Buildings Austin-Olson Farm Berdahl-Rolvaag House Berg and Estensen Store Bowen, Marion E., House Bridge at Iverson Crossing Brooks Brothers Home Building at 330 South 1st Avenue Building at 529 North Main Burger, Margaret, Apartment House Campbell, Gina Smith, Bathhouse Carnegie Free Public Library Carnegie Public Library Carpenter Hotel Cathedral Historic District Central Fire Station Cherry Rock Park Bridge Coughran, Edward, House Daniels, E. J. and Alice, House Dell Rapids Amphitheater Dell Rapids Bridge Dell Rapids Bridge Dell Rapids Historic District Dell Rapids Residential Historic District Dell Rapids Warming House Dell Rapids Water Tower DeLong, Harrison, House East Site Fire Station and Branch Library Eighth Street Bridge Farley-Loetscher Company Building Farley-Loetscher Company Building I Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse First Congregational Church First National Bank of Garretson Glidden, Josephine Martin, Memorial Chapel Glidden-Martin Hall Gloria House, The Grand Lodge and Library of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Hayes Historic District Hayward, Orlan A., House Hilmoe, Hans J., Barn Huseboe, Andrew O., House Illinois Central Passenger Depot Jorden Hall Kuehn, Andrew, Warehouse L & A Baking Company LaSalle Apartments Lund, Daniel, House McKennan Park Historic District McKennan Park Historic Increase (Boundary Increase) Miller, L. D., Funeral Home Milne, William G., House Mundt, John, Building Odd Fellows Home of Dell Rapids Old Courthouse and Warehouse District (Boundary Increase) Old Courthouse and Warehouse Historic District Old Minnehaha County Courthouse Old Yankton Bridge Orpheum Theatre Palisades Bridge Parmley-Pankow House Pettigrew, R. F., and Tate, S. L., Building Phillips Block Plumbing Supply Company Presentation Children's Home Queen Bee Mill Randolph, Dr. Fredrich A., Block Renner Ball Park Renner Lutheran Sanctuary Reynolds, Grant J., House Rock Island Depot Security Bank Building Shafer Round Barn Sherman Historic District Shriver-Johnson Building Sioux Falls Downtown Historic District Sioux Falls Light and Power Hydro Electric Plant Sioux Falls National Bank Building Slip Up Creek Homestead South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge No. 50-122-155 South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge No. 50-193-086 South Dakota Dept. of Trans. Bridge No. 50-196-104 South Dakota School for the Deaf South Dakota State Penitentiary Historic Buildings South Side Fire Station No. 3 Split Rock Creek Park Historic District Split Rock Park Bridge Springer, R. D. and Mary, House St. Peter's Lutheran Church Stadum-Green House Steven's, Dr., House Stock Yards State Bank and Tri-State Wholesale Grocery Co. Summit Avenue Viaduct Terrace Park and Japanese Gardens Texaco Super Service Station Thomas, Charles A., House Thompson Farmstead Tolefsons Beef Stock Farm Tuthill, John W., Lumber Company Valley Springs Rest Stop Tipi Washington High School Welch, Laura M, House Williams Piano Company House Willow Grove Farm
The town of Murdo, South Dakota is home to the Pioneer Auto Museum, which boasts a collection of over 250 antique cars, motorcycles, and tractors.
Minnehaha County, SD has a rich and diverse history that dates back thousands of years. Prior to European settlement, the land was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Dakota Sioux. These tribes relied on the region's abundant natural resources for their sustenance and livelihood.

The area was first explored by Europeans in the early 18th century, with fur traders and trappers venturing into the region. In 1856, Minnehaha County was officially established as a county within the Dakota Territory. The county was named after the famous waterfall, Minnehaha Falls, mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Song of Hiawatha."

As the years passed, the population of Minnehaha County grew steadily. The construction of railroads in the late 19th century played a significant role in the county's development and prosperity. The introduction of the railroad facilitated the transportation of goods and people, leading to increased settlement and economic growth in the region.

Minnehaha County has also seen its fair share of challenges and notable events. During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the county, like many others, faced economic hardships. However, the county's resilience and resourcefulness allowed it to rebound and rebuild in the following years.

Today, Minnehaha County remains an important hub within South Dakota. Its county seat, Sioux Falls, is the largest city in the state and serves as a center for commerce, industry, and culture. The county continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of its residents, while simultaneously preserving its rich history and heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

  • 1862 - The Dakota Territory was established, which included the area that is now Minnehaha County.
  • 1868 - The Yankton Sioux Treaty was signed, opening up the region to settlement.
  • 1871 - Minnehaha County was officially organized and named after the famous waterfalls on the Minnesota River.
  • 1873 - Sioux Falls, the county seat, was incorporated as a city.
  • 1881 - The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad reached Sioux Falls, boosting the local economy.
  • 1890 - The population of Minnehaha County exceeded 20,000.
  • 1908 - The Minnehaha County Courthouse was completed and still stands as a historic landmark.
  • 1920s - The Great Depression took a toll on the county, leading to economic struggles.
  • 1939 - The Sioux Falls Air National Guard Base was established.
  • 1996 - The Rapid City flood caused significant damage to Minnehaha County.
  • 2000s - Minnehaha County experienced steady population growth and development.
  • 2020 - Minnehaha County celebrated its 150th anniversary since organization.