My scan quality could be a little better, but I didn’t feel I wanted to take them out of the case. Friday, I received these ribbons (off of eBay from a Sioux Falls seller) declaring the desire of Sioux Falls and Huron to host the State Capitol.
According to the National Park Service:
The quest proved to be a long and brutal ordeal. In all, six cities earnestly vied to be the capital: Pierre, Huron, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Redfield, and Watertown. Pierre won the 1889 capital election with 27,096 votes compared to Huron’s 14,944. Although Pierre won, the quest to be the State capital was far from over, because the 1889 election only made Pierre the temporary capital. Article XX of the South Dakota Constitution stated that voters must decide on the location of the permanent capital in the November 1890 election. Pierre and the 1889 runner-up Huron fought hard in the 1890 campaign. Pierre easily won the capital race once again with 41,969 votes to Huron’s 34,610.
The 1890 election did not settle the issue either. Legislators introduced bills to move the capital in 1893, 1895, 1897, and 1899, but each failed. In 1904, Pierre’s opponents gained enough support and organization to force another vote. Among Mitchell, Huron, and Redfield, a caucus of the whole legislature selected Mitchell as Pierre’s opponent. In the final vote, Pierre again won the capital fight with 58,617 votes to Mitchell’s 41,155.
So, while Mitchell and Huron can officially eat Pierre’s dust, we get to enjoy these relics of our state’s past political battles as they pop up from time to time.