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Located on the Coteau des Prairies, the community initially named Medary began drawing settlers in the 1850s. Driven away in 1858 by an American Indian uprising, settlers began returning in 1869, and by 1879 Brookings had become a permanent settlement. This was followed two years later with the establishment of a land-grant institution, then called South Dakota State Agricultural College and now South Dakota State University (SDSU). Over 130 years after their founding, the city of Brookings and SDSU, now a Division I university, continue to attract people from around the world and reaffirm their places as prominent South Dakota landmarks. Explore Brookings through a rich variety of images, many of which are being published here for the first time. These photographs trace the growth of both Brookings and SDSU and highlight the crucial relationship that they share.
ISBN: 9780738577760
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Dakota
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A lifelong Brookings resident and recent graduate from SDSU with a master's degree in English, Colleen Zwieg Poindexter enjoys writing and lends a new generation's perspective to the history of Brookings. She credits the development of this book to the influence of numerous Brookings residents who have dedicated their time to the historical preservation of this unique town.
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