SENIORS JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTH DAKOTA



Seniors Enjoy Small Town Sisseton

imagesSenior travelers will find Sisseton on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in South Dakota with a population of 2,500. This county seat of Roberts County is just off of I-29 between Sioux Falls and Fargo, North Dakota. On a state map Sisseton is way up in the northeast corner of the state.  Sisseton gets it name from a division of Native American Sioux living in the area.

 A major attraction for senior visitors is the 75-foot Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center. The Tower honors Joseph N. Nicollet, the French mapmaker who explored the Côteau des Prairies in the 1830′s.

The Nicollet Interpretive Center features Nicollet’s great map, a documentary film and John S. Wilson’s artwork. Many folks enjoy a climb to the top of the Nicollet tower for a stunning panoramic view of the entire area. While in town, take a tour the Sisseton Wahpeton College that was established in 1979 as an entity of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Today the College serves the Dakota people.

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Senior Travelers Enjoy The Beauty and Friendly Folk.

The town homepage notes that Sisseton is wrapped in Native American and immigrant history as rich as any in the American West. and the town celebrates a place of singular beauty and friendly folk. Established on the northern fringe of the vast Côteau des Prairies (Hills of the Prairie – 200 miles long and 100 miles wide), this active community commands an idyllic position in South Dakota.

Senior travelers can enjoy  six nearby state parks and recreation areas, clear lakes and rolling grasslands, as well as exceptional camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, biking and hiking opportunities.

For a small town, Sisseton is loaded with things to see and do. Sisseton is blessed with water, lots of it. Along the rolling hills of the Côteau des Prairies more than 30 glacial lakes punctuate the landscape, within a short drive of Sisseton.

Senior Pheasant Hunters, Take Note…

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A local appliance store is called Pheasant Haven and for good reason. South Dakota is known for the wide spanses of great pheasant hunting. I’ve known hunters to drive across a couple of states just to take part in the hunting season.

The land is one of the most unique physiographic regions in eastern South Dakota. Over 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, a glacier hundreds of feet thick pushed up a moraine of glacial deposits almost 900 feet high forming a flatiron-shaped plateau.

The Stavig House Museum is a spacious and elegant three story Victorian home built by Norwegian immigrant Andrew Stavig in 1916. It is listed on the National Historic Register. Guided tours focus on the architecture of the house and the story of an immigrant family. I know that my wife would want us to tour that house.

Seniors, set your GPS to this neat small town in South Dakota and enjoy all that it has to offer. -jeb

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