South Dakota historical marker found in Alabama
CROOKS, S.D. (AP) – A 75-pound historical marker that once stood in South Dakota has been found in Alabama. But how it got there remains a mystery.
The 54-by-44-inch metal slab at one point could be seen outside West Nidaros Lutheran Church near Crooks.
Alabama resident Sherry Clayton tells the Argus Leader that she contacted the Minnehaha County Historical Society after she saw the marker at an auction website. The group, in turn, contacted the sheriff’s office. And authorities then contacted the auction house that had the marker.
Authorities and the auctioneer speculated that a visiting pheasant hunter might have stolen the marker.
But Joan Eitrheim, a member of the committee that oversaw the marker’s installation in 1997, said that’s not the case. Eitrheim says the marker was once damaged when it was struck by a church member’s car, but she insists it was not stolen.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com
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