Finding History While Wandering in Siouxland, Rural South Dakota

21 Apr

Older tomb stones in an unnamed cemetery in rural South Dakota Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes while driving around Siouxland I will stumble upon something I haven’t seen before and I always find that exciting. Although it doesn’t mean it’s something not known to others. I recently came upon an older, possibly pioneer cemetery in rural South Dakota. The older tombstones gave that impression, yet there were newer stones there as well so it’s still hallowed ground that continues in use.

A fence line bordering an unnamed cemetery in rural South Dakota Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Older grave markers in an unnamed cemetery in rural South Dakota Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I couldn’t find a name along the fence line for the cemetery and was then not able to do any research online as to its origins and who exactly may have settled in the area originally farming what was probably then part of the Dakota Territories. Given its location on a secondary road the settlers and this cemetery sat far from civilization. In a way it still does. But the plot of land is tended and that shows respect for those who have passed from this earth by those whose time has not come to follow. I can only suppose that it is descendants who continue to use this cemetery and care for those relatives who have left this earth, holding on to a dream of a new and better life.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

An unnamed cemetery in rural South Dakota Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Finding History While Wandering in Siouxland, Rural South Dakota”

  1. Jim Lee April 21, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    I was just thinking about how much I enjoyed shooting the historic cemetery project for Marcia at the Lewis and Clark Center, and thinking I should explore some around here. I found a nice one on a hill not far from where I work.

    • jerrymennenga April 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

      Jim,

      The one thing I always liked about journalism is that it was a license to feed one’s curiosity about people and places and gives one a chance to experience encounters in life that otherwise might not have happened. I still have that curiosity and wonder about places, people and such. You should explore to your heart’s content.

      jerry

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