UNDATED – (DRG News) The local Pierre/Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission plans to add a new marker outside Fort Pierre’s historic Stockgrowers Bank building in May. There is already an exterior marker that was placed by the state near the rear of the building, but local commission member Don Zeller says sometime next month, the commission will place a separate upright metal historic marker outside the structure. The effort follows last year’s work by the commission to place a marker at a site where Charles Lindbergh landed north of Pierre during a tour of all of the nation’s state capitals in 1927. Zeller says the newest historic marker will be put up in Fort Pierre next month-noting the history behind the prominent Fort Pierre Stockgrowers Bank building. He says the new sign will offer information about the building and says it will offer more historic information to add to what the state sign already displays.
Zeller says in choosing where to put the metal 3 x 3 foot upright plaques, the committee looks at various locations-deciding which should be highlighted for their historic significance.
Zeller says the Stockgrowers Bank building is on the National Register of Historic Places. He says a special sign unveiling is planned for May and the public is to be invited for the event. He also says there might be a walking tour of downtown Fort Pierre-which he says is rich in historic significance.
At other spots in Fort Pierre, Zeller says the committee wants to add one of the metal historic markers at the location where a local group is restoring the old Fort Pierre Train Depot. In addition, he says the commission has been working to refurbish four metal historic markers that have been located in the nearby “Fort Pierre turnout”.
Zeller says there are about two dozen of the metal historic markers in Hughes and Stanley Counties. He says the commission has documented each one and hopes to get a grant in the future to refurbish all the signs. He says one of the oldest signs was placed in 1964-along Highway 1804 between Pierre and Oahe Dam-to mark the nearby site of a Turtle Effigy.
More information on the commission is available at www.historicpierre.com and Zeller invites the public to attend the group’s monthly meetings, which take place on the second Monday of each month at Pierre City Hall.
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