South Dakota’s enduring legacy: Fort Sisseton whispers of the past

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South Dakota’s title for “oldest structure” goes beyond grand homes or colonial relics. It belongs to Fort Sisseton, a captivating frontier post built in 1864. Situated in the state’s northeast corner, the fort is a relic of a bygone era. Constructed to protect settlers and surveyors venturing into the Dakota Territory, Fort Sisseton played a crucial role in the region’s development.

Today, a portion of the fort remains, including restored military buildings and officers’ quarters. Visitors can explore the grounds, explore exhibits showcasing life on the frontier and appreciate Fort Sisseton’s enduring legacy as a symbol of South Dakota’s history.

– Erin McIntyre with AI assist*

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