Monday, September 16, 2013
South Dakota: Sioux Falls
Just a mile or so from our state's border, lies Sioux Falls, South Dakota and above is how Sioux Falls got its name. Unlike other notable falls like Great Falls, Montana that were buried under reservoirs or destroyed, Sioux Falls protected theirs with a park and preserved it. On our way back home, we pulled in here to stretch our legs for an hour or so walking around the trails. Had I a picnic basket of food with me, we would have ate supper there but alas, we didn't and so couldn't.
The ducks weren't scared of going over the falls.
I noticed a lot of markings that the rocks along the falls had been quarried at some point. The dynamite holes drilled into them are unmistakable. However it was only on our way back to the car that my wife saw a sign that explained they why. What you see is on top of a nearby hill and is a prison. To get all those rocks to build that prison, they sent prisoners to the falls to quarry rocks and build their new home. I bet those prisoners that quarried those rocks stayed on the straight and narrow after being released. Perhaps we should do other great works similar to this with today's prisoners.