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The two RV Gypsies explored Falls Park
in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
June 19, 2012
USA map showing location of South DakotaSouth Dakota map
The natural beauty on the Big Sioux River gave the city of Sioux Falls its name and like a lot of places in South Dakota,it has a long history.

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota with a total area of 73.47 square miles.

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smily faceNotice the shadow on the ground by this sculpture - it looks like a FACE.
art sculpture with an unexpected shadow
laughing guyBelow: Lee Duquette decided to make the tug-of-war a fair game by helping out the lone figure who was obviously losing.
Love It (clipart)Lee Duquette plays tug-of-war with the sculpture
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sign about the sculpture shown belowGuess why the statue below is entitled "Incomplete" LOL
sculpture entitled Incomplete

Big Sister shows Little Brother

how to show respect for the USA flag.

sign about the sculpture shown below
sculpture of kids learning how to respect the USA flag
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sign about the sculpture shown belowsign about the sculpture shown below
sculpture of an American Farmer
check out the details in the face of this sculpture
sign about the sculpture shown to the right
a buffalo sculpture

Falls Park, the city's namesake, is located in the heart of the city and is home to a captivating triple waterfall, a visitor information center with a five-story viewing tower, cafe, and historic ruins built from pink quartzite that is seen throughout the park. The Falls of the Big Sioux River have been the focus of life in the region throughout history. Native American peoples were the first to visit the Falls and bring stories of them to European explorers. They have been the focus of recreation and industry since the founding of the city of Sioux Falls in 1856. Today the park covers 42 acres.

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View from the five-story observation tower
View from the five-story observation tower
View from the five-story observation tower
View from the five-story observation tower
The history of Sioux Falls revolves around the cascades of the Big Sioux River.
panorama of Falls Park
The falls were created about 14,000 years ago during the last ice age. The lure of the falls has been a powerful influence on this area. Ho-Chunk, Ioway, Otoe, Missouri, Omaha, Ponca, Quapaw, Kansa, Osage, Arikira, Dakota, Nakota and Cheyenne people inhabited the region previous to European descendants. Numerous burial mounds still exist on the high bluffs near the river. These people operated an agricultural society that built fortified villages on many of the same sites that were previously settled. Many Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, and other Indigenous Americans reside in Sioux Falls today.
Panorama of Sioux Falls and the park
The two RV Gypsies on the right side of Sioux Falls.
The two RV Gypsies  near Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls
Each second, an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the falls.
Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls
history bookQueen Bee Mill: In pioneer days the falls were tapped for water power to run the Queen Bee Mill, built in 1887. The foundation of the mill is still visible and is shown in the photograph below. This structure offers a glimpse into the area's history.
The Queen Bee Mill of long ago
the foundation of Queen Bee Mill
panorama showing Sioux Flalls and Queen Bee Mill
history booksign about the below photos
sign: Legacy of Ice and Rock
sign: history of how the falls are formed
Glacier history sign
sign: Meltwaters werode sediment
The two RV Gypsies walk around to observe different angles of the falls
a different view of Sioux Falls
Karen Duquette noticed people sitting on a bench near a black frame so she posed with the frame and announced "I am a talking frame, here to tell you all about the history and beauty of the falls that you see before you." Everyone thought it was funny.
Karen Duquette gets framed
The two RV Gypsies made it to the left side of the falls.
The two RV Gypsies at Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls
panorama of Sioux Falls
Panorama of Sioux Falls
sign about the sculpture shown below
sign: Hive of the Queen City
sign: about Purifiers, separaters and the turbine
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The back side of Sioux Falls is an area not to be missed.
Karen Duquete at The back side of Sioux Falls
The back side of Sioux Falls
The back side of Sioux Falls
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The back side of Sioux Falls
panorama of The back side of Sioux Falls
a duck
a duck
The two RV Gypsies rode the tram to downtown Sioux Falls and Lee Duquette got silly.
Lee Duquette on the tram to downtown Sioux Falls, SD
Lee Duquette gets silly
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Falls Park in Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk
Palisades State Park and Terry Redlin Art Center
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<go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAfter you have seen the three sections above, please continue on to Winnebago, Nebraska and learn some Indian history (this has nothing to do with Winnebago RV's).