1870s’ Grasshopper Invasions
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 43° 31.982 W 096° 45.186
14T E 681552 N 4822462
Quick Description: The 1870's was a time of hardship for the newly settled farm families as masses of grasshoppers plagued Dakota Territory.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 12/7/2010 3:01:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMA9CJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Beginning in 1873, for four consecutive summers great swarms of grasshoppers riding prevailing winds reached the Midwestern states and territories where they landed and destroyed farmers’ field crops. Although several huge clouds of grasshoppers passed over Sioux Falls the first year, the damage was minimal in this area. In both 1874 and 1876, however, and incalculable number of grasshoppers arrived, darkening the sky and making sounds similar to “thousands of scissors cutting and snipping.”

After landing, the large insects piled in some places to depths of five inches. They devoured everything edible in their paths, including crops, door sashes, window sills, shovel handles, leather boots and fence posts. The hoppers feasted on family vegetable gardens and stripped buildings of their paint. Without crops to sell to provide for future living and farm expenses and to pay for seed for next years spring planting, thousands of rural families were destitute. Immigration into Dakota Territory slowed to a trickle. After the second summer of devastation, a number of penniless settlers sold their farms, including the first owner of the land which today is Spellerberg Park.
Marker Name: 1870s’ Grasshopper Invasions

Marker Type: City

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