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Sioux Falls Historic Walking Tours

Downtown Sioux Falls
Anthony Wright/Results Radio, Townsquare Media

The history of Sioux Falls has been intriguing to me since I moved into my first apartment downtown.  A white brick apartment on Duluth Avenue was one of the first places I lived on my own, and when a neighbor told me the building had been the original Cataract Hotel, I went to the library to investigate.

Armed with Sioux Falls historical books, I found an original Cataract Hotel picture, which confirmed I was actually living in what was the hotel.  I then found a bench on Phillips Avenue, where I compared the historical pictures from the early 1900’s and compared them to what was still standing present day.

To this day I enjoy looking at the old Downtown Sioux Falls pictures and try to learn what life was like back then.

You may drive or walk by areas of Sioux Falls every day without giving it much thought. However, when you hear the history of those places you may never see the streets, homes, and buildings the same way again.

The Siouxland Heritage Museums have scheduled historic walking tours for the summer of 2017.

  • South End Cathedral District, June 22
  • Fort Dakota, June 29
  • Duluth Avenue, July 6
  • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, July 13
  • Woodlawn Cemetery and Crown Hill, July 20
  • North McKennan Park, July 27
  • East Bank/Downtown, August 3
  • Mr. Pleasant Cemetery, August 10
  • Phillips Avenue, August 17

Pre-registration is required by calling 605-367-4210.  The cost is $3.00 per person over the age of twelve.


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