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Visiting a small town in Siouxland, Gayville, SD

18 Jun

On a return trip from Yankton, SD, I stopped off in a small community called Gayville. Driving into town I saw someone had a sense of humor with a smile painted on the roof of a business. As I admired the smile and took some photos an older gentleman passed by and also smiled. He probably has seen many folk look at this face seen by passing railway trains going to and fro.

Somebody with a sense of humor in Gayville, SD Friday, May 26, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Another attraction to Gayville is the Gayville Hall which has a sign that says it is the Home of the Hay County Jamboree. Online information says it is one of the community’s first businesses built.

The Gayville Hall in the downtown area of Gayville, SD Friday, May 26, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I didn’t stick around for a long period of time but walked around a bit just trying to get a sense of the place. But that may be better done with a return visit to one of the jams at the hall when folk come out to enjoy themselves.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Reflecting on Good Weather in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

1 Feb

Before the first of the New Year on a trip to Yankton, SD, I was happy it was a warmer day than normal. It was nice to get out and see some country and visit another place. The wind along the Missouri River was fairly calm so it made it a nice day to be walking and for some nice images. I haven’t seen a reflection yet that doesn’t captivate me even when I can’t get a perfect shot. And if you don’t photograph what you see, you may never see that particular scene again.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Reflection of a lookout along the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection of a lookout along the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection in the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection in the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sun setting along the Missouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sun setting along the Missouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Siouxland’s Yankton, SD

20 Oct

As fall moves into winter, it’s nice to look back at summer and some trips to places in Siouxland. Yankton, SD, is always a place I like to visit and walk around. It’s easily accessible and a nice way to spend a day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Out for a stroll in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Out for a stroll in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A scenic day along the Missouri River at the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A scenic day along the Missouri River at the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Siouxland Celebration, Yankton, SD

9 Oct

I try to get to as many community celebrations as I can in the Siouxland area. I attended previously a few 125th community celebrations at smaller communities like Sioux Center, HospersOcheyedan and Charter Oak in Iowa.

Yankton celebrates River Boat Days which harkins back to its being a gateway into the Dakota Territory after the Lewis and Clark expedition. In its first few years it was even the capitol of the Dakota Territory. Life is much different now than it was when these communities were each founded, but the fun and joy and remembrance by locals is always nice.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Justing looking in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

2 Oct

Some days I get in the car and just head out. With a little bit of an idea the general direction I am headed in. And on those days if the clouds are especially nice or look promising I just drive towards them. Sometimes when I get somewhere the clouds have dissipated. But on this particular trip to Yankton, where I also took in River Boat Days, I was not disappointed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A quick stop in Siouxland, Centerville, SD

16 Sep

Coming back from a trip to Sioux Falls, SD I stopped in a small town of Centerville, SD in Siouxland.  Like many small towns it has its history. I gentleman I talked with said the current location of Centerville is its third location. And I guess the third time is the charm. The man said originally the community was located nearer the Vermillion River which flows nearby, but the river flooded and the town was moved. At its second location, the river flooded again, and that move did not remove the community to yet again another flooding. But evidently in its third and final destination as a community, Centerville has been spared any more floods, or it may be the river hasn’t flooded like it did a couple of centuries ago.

I saw the community on a week day, late in the afternoon. It was quiet, but a nice, well kept community in which a passerby could see the pride residents have for the place they call home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Passing by History in Siouxland, Spirit Mound, South Dakota

8 Sep

Returning from a trip in South Dakota, I passed by an attraction that I had mostly forgotten about, not having visited it in a few years, Spirit Mound in South Dakota. To native Americans during the Lewis and Clark expedition, the mound was a sacred place where spirits would kill visitors according to a legend. Not being aware of this, or maybe ignoring it, the some of the expedition climbed the hill and took in the surrounding view. And were awed by what they saw. A quote from the Spirit Mound website says, ” (William) Clark wrote: “from the top of this Mound we beheld a most butifull landscape; Numerous herds of buffalow were Seen feeding in various directions, the Plain to the N. W & N E extends without interuption as far as Can be Seen- … no woods except on the Missouri Points…if all the timber which is on the Stone Creek [Vermillion River] was on 100 a[c]res it would not be thickly timbered, the Soil of those Plains are delightfull.”

Clark also wrote, “Capt Lewis and my Self Concluded to visit a High Hill Situated in an emence Plain three Leagues N. 20º W. from the mouth of White Stone river, this hill appear to be of a Conic form and by all the different Nations in this quater is Supposed to be a place of Deavels or that they are in human form with remarkable large heads and about 18 inches high; that they are very watchfull and ar armed with Sharp arrows with which they can kill at a great distance; they are said to kill all persons who are so hardy as to attemp to approach the hill; they state that tradition informs them than many indians have suffered by these little people and among others that three Maha men fell a sacrefice to their murcyless fury not meany years since- so much do the Mahas Souix Ottoes and other neibhbouring nations believe this fable that no consideration is sufficient to induce them to approach this hill.”

It is easy to forget about history that surrounds us. Even in close proximity that is forgotten simply because life compels us on to other needs or destinations. But it is always good to take a moment and remember and revel in what came before.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spirit Mound, SD, Monday, August 29, 2016, which the Lewis and Clark Expedition visited as they mapped the West.       (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Spirit Mound, SD, Monday, August 29, 2016, which the Lewis and Clark Expedition visited as they mapped the West. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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