Historic Markers

Historic markers in Yankton, SD

Historic Markers

See the sites that made Yankton what it is today.


Charles Francois Picotte

Picotte Street and 4th Street


Courthouse Memorial

West 3rd Street and Broadway Avenue


Dakota’s Oldest Newspaper

Walnut Street and 4th Street


Dakota Territorial Capitol

Original Site – Capital Street and 4th Street
Replica – Riverside Park (Douglas Avenue and Levee Street)


Dakota Territories First Bank

225 Cedar St.


Episcopal Church of the Dakotas

517 Douglas Ave.


First Building at Yankton Site

Mulberry Street and East 3rd Street


Jack McCall Historical Marker

Hanging – Intersection of Highway 81 and 31st Street
Trial – East 3rd Street and Capital Street
Being the first territorial capital of the Dakotas, Yankton hosted the trial and hanging of the notorious Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok. The trial began on Dec. 4, 1876 in a courtroom at what is now present-day intersection of Third and Capital Streets. Two days later, the jury found McCall guilty. McCall’s hanging took place on March 1, 1877 near the present day intersection of Highway 81 and Highway 50. The hanging is remembered by a historical plaque, which is located in the parking lot on the south end of the Human Services Center.


Pierre Dorian’s Grave

West 2nd Street and Riverside Drive
Pierre Dorian was the first white settler in the Yankton area. He lived among the Yankton Sioux at the time that Lewis and Clark passed through in 1804. Lewis and Clark convinced Dorian to accompany them on their expedition and to serve as an Indian interpreter. Dorian later returned to the Yankton area. His grave was located by a local historian and a memorial marker dedicated in 2002.


USS Scorpion Historical Marker

Walnut Street and Riverside Drive
Presented by U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII South Dakota Chapter, this historical marker is located near the Missouri River on the West side of the Meridian Bridge. Scorpion was launched on July 20, 1942 and their first patrol was a hunting and mining mission near Honshu, Japan in April 1943. Scorpion went on three patrols that earned her a battle star. She was involved with a series of torpedo attacks and gun battles. On Jan. 5, 1944, Scorpion rendezvoused with Herring to transfer an injured man, but heavy seas prevented a safe transfer. Scorpion and 77 courageous crewmen were never seen again.


Veterans Memorial

West 3rd Street and Broadway Avenue
This memorial is dedicated to all veterans, past, present and future, whose sacrifices continue to protect our freedom. The red, white and blue memorial was designed by Luken Memorials to be uplifting and reaching to the stars with the bronze eagle taking flight. The wording on the west side, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” refers to the sacrifices of our veterans. The five granite pedestals display lasered scenes particular to each branch of the military. The main feature memorial contains three different colors of granite: Rubin Red – India, Sierra White – United States and Blue Pearl – Norway.


War Memorial

Fantle Memorial Park (Douglas Avenue and East 19th Street)
This war memorial is a tribute to veterans of all wars. The monument lists more than 50 names of Yankton County World War II veterans who have died in the fight for freedom. Fantle Memorial Park is also home to the Avenue of Flags, a presentation of the five service flags and hundreds of American flags. These flags are displayed six times a year: Loyalty Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Each flag pole has a nameplate that bears the name or names of fallen soldiers.


Yankton College

East 10th Street
The oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas.


Yankton Stockade

3rd Street and Broadway Avenue
North Wall – West 4th Street and Broadway Avenue
East Wall – 313 Cedar St.
West Wall – West 3rd Street and Linn Street
During 1862, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in to law. The Santee Sioux of Minnesota rebelled across a 200-mile front and several hundred settlers were killed. 2,000 Indians were taken prisoner and 38 were hanged. Small bands of marauders entered Dakota Territory spreading great fear. Governor Jayne ordered all male citizens to enroll in their county defense unit. 77 responded locally and met in the Episcopal log cabin on August 31. A box-shaped fortification was then erected at the center of 3rd Street and Broadway Avenue. Each wall was 450 feet long. People from the village of Bon Homme and residents from Sioux Falls fled to the capital city for protection. For several weeks almost 300 people lived in and near the stockade, but no one in the vicinity was killed or wounded.


Historic Markers Located at the Dakota Territorial Museum

610 Summit St.

-First Permanent Building in Yankton
-Historic Highway
-Lewis and Clark
-Mother City of the Dakotas
-Robert McClellan Fur Post
-Yankton County Seat of Yankton County


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