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Sanborn County Veterans Memorial
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NGComets
N 44° 03.218 W 098° 16.658
14T E 557862 N 4878083
Quick Description: A very nice memorial on the Courthouse lawn.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 11/23/2009 6:11:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM7QGZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 2

Long Description:
This memorial is located on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Woonsocket, just off SD Highway 34.

On the other side of the highway is Prior Lake.

?Located in Sanborn County, South Dakota, Woonsocket has a population of 641, as of July 2008. This is a decrease in population of 11% since the 2000 census.

It was incorporated on April 11, 1888 and is the County Seat of Sanborn County.

German, Norwegian, English, Irish, and Dutch settlers made up the town.

The City of Woonsocket began in 1883 at the junction of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul Railroads. The superintendent of the railroad was C.H. Prior, and he named the new town Woonsocket, after his home town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Lake Prior, located in the center of town, is named after Mr. Prior. The town of Woonsocket grew rapidly. The first day lots were offered for sale, 50 lots were sold. Woonsocket grew so fast that it was called "Boomstrucket."

The population grew from 500 to 800 people in two months. The first business establishment to be located in Woonsocket was a saloon. Three days after the sale of the first lot, the first church services were held in a carpenter's shed, which had recently been moved in.

Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
World War I, World War II, Korean War, and VietNam War.


In Honor Of: American Legion Posts xxx, xxx, and xxx

Marker Text:
"Dedicated to Armed Forces Members from the Sanborn County Area"


Date of dedication: July 4,, 2005

Who Put it Here?: American Legion Posts 29 of Woonsocket, Post 47 of Artesian, and Post 93 of Letcher

Description of Memorial:
The memorial consists of a center stone made up of engraved granite. An American Flag is attached to the stone. Several life-sized statues are in close proximity and two stone benches are nearby for seating comfort. A small cannon sits between the benches. Directly in front of the granite stone, there is a list of names of individuals who were killed in action in the various wars.


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