On June 8th, 2021 we visited Sioux Falls Park, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was the day after my birthday and I was excited to go searching for waterfalls because I love waterfalls.
Sioux Falls takes its name from the falls located in the Big Sioux River. When railroad service arrived in 1878, the city expanded with mills, quarries, and other industries which used the falls, the river, and the rocks. The Queen Bee Mill produced wheat flour and the Sioux Falls Light & Power Company hydro-electric plant generated electricity. The mill ruins and the powerhouse building are on the national historic register.
The sound of the falls in Sioux Falls Park can be heard for miles around and we could hear the falls before we even got out of the truck. It was a hot day, around 100 degrees, so we took along hats and water bottles.
At the top of the falls, you can walk out onto the rocks.
This bird on the walkway across the falls was guarding its spot and would make a lot of noise at anyone walking across. It was determined that this was its territory. I didn’t see any nest nearby so I don’t know if it was guarding young. There seemed to be nothing around but rocks.
Sioux Quartzite, also called Jasper, is the stone throughout the park. Quartzite is very hard. Harder than granite and nearly as hard as diamond. Sioux Quartzite, the bedrock under all of Sioux Falls, can be seen throughout Sioux Fall Park. It was used throughout the city to build amazing, long-lasting buildings. Cut stones and paving stones were also cut and sold to cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. I love rocks of all kinds so I had to get closer and touch the stone.
We went back to the park in the evening to watch the sunset from the tower.
Watching the sunset from the tower.
We had fun walking around visiting Sioux Falls Park, seeing beautiful waterfalls during the day and then returning in the evening to see the sunset. Later, we drove around downtown to see the statues throughout the downtown area which you can see here: https://beautifuldaytraveler.wordpress.com/2021/11/06/dancing-a-dragon-and-a-jester-the-statues-of-sioux-falls-south-dakota/
I hope you’ve enjoyed the waterfalls.
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