Walking the River Trail in Siouxland, Yankton, South Dakota

4 Apr

Over the weekend I took a trip up to Yankton, South Dakota, about an hour’s drive north but still within Siouxland. The weather is still deciding if it’s still winterish or spring. A sunny bright day, with wind gusts that drove the temps into the 40’s and peeking into the 50’s.

But it was a nice day for a walk in sunshine. I have looked at the River Trail along the Missouri River in Yankton previously, but had never walked along it before. I did an abbreviated jaunt and will probably go back on a less brisk day. I knew that Yankton was a gateway to the Dakota Territory in its early years, but didn’t realize it was the Territorial Capital from 1861 to 1883, designated as such by President Abraham Lincoln. A replica of the frame building stands along the trail along with a statue of a river boat captain. The Missouri River was used to ferry people and goods into and out of the territory beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later as people moved into the area to settle and further explore.

Its always nice to visit places, and more so when you learn a bit about its history. I plan to go again at some point, hopefully taking a class of Lifelong Learners along to enjoy it with me.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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