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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.


19th century

  • 1856 - Western Town Company develops townsite.
  • 1857 - Dakota Land Company develops townsite.
  • 1859 - Democrat newspaper begins publication.
  • 1868 - Sioux Falls becomes capital of Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory.
  • 1871 - Cataract House hotel in business.
  • 1872
    • Sioux Falls Pantagraph newspaper begins publication.
    • Calvary Church built.
  • 1873
    • Sioux Falls Independent newspaper begins publication.
    • Population: 593.
  • 1874 - Bank for Savings opens.
  • 1877
    • Village incorporated.
    • March: C.K. Howard elected president of village board of trustees.
  • 1878 - Sioux Falls Times newspaper begins publication.
  • 1879
    • Irving School, Free Methodist Church, and Congregational Church built.
    • Ladies Club library organized.
  • 1880 - Dakota Territorial School for Deaf Mutes established.
  • 1881
    • Sioux Falls Argus newspaper begins publication.
    • Penitentiary established.
    • Queen Bee Mill in business.
  • 1882
    • Telephone begins operating.
    • First Baptist Church built.
  • 1883
    • City chartered.
    • April 3: Jacob Schaetzel elected mayor.
    • Sioux Falls College founded.
    • Sioux Falls Daily Press newspaper begins publication.
  • 1884 - Swedish Baptist Church built.
  • 1885 - Norberg Paints founded, still operating as the oldest family owned business in the state of South Dakota.
  • 1885 - Dakota Deutsche Zeitung German-language newspaper begins publication.
  • 1886 - Sioux Falls Bank established.
  • 1887
    • Streetcars begin operating.
    • Dakota Bell begins publication.
  • 1889
    • Lutheran Normal School opens.
    • German Congregational Emanuel Church and Episcopal Calvary Cathedral built.
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls established.
  • 1890
    • Minnehaha County Courthouse built.
    • Porter P. Peck becomes mayor.
    • Population: 10,177.
  • 1891
    • Jordan Methodist Church dedicated.
    • Syd Dakota Ekko Norwegian-language newspaper relocates to Sioux Falls.
  • 1894 - Fremad Norwegian/English-language newspaper begins publication.
  • 1895 - Federal Building and United States Courthouse (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) constructed.
  • 1897 - Scandinavian Methodist Episcopal Church organized.

20th century

  • 1900 - Manchester Biscuit Company in business.
  • 1900 - Western Surety Company created by Joe Kirby.
  • 1903 - Carnegie Free Public Library opens.
  • 1905 - Minnehaha Country Club founded.
  • 1907 - First Congregational Church (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) built.
  • 1908 - South Dakota Central Railway built.
  • 1909 - Morrell Packing Plant in business.
  • 1910 - Population: 14,094.
  • 1911 - Orpheum Theatre built.
  • 1912
    • Eighth Street Bridge (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) constructed.
    • McKennan Hospital established.
  • 1917 - Coliseum theatre built.
  • 1918
  • 1922 - August 17: Three prisoners escape from State Penitentiary.
  • 1924
    • Masonic Library founded.
    • Josephine Martin Glidden Memorial Chapel built.
  • 1925 - State Theatre built.
  • 1928 - Pettigrew Museum established.
  • 1930 - Sioux Valley Hospital built.
  • 1936 - March: Two prisoners escape from State Penitentiary.
  • 1937 - City Hall built.
  • 1942 - Sioux Falls Army Air Base established.
  • 1949 - North American Baptist Seminary relocates to Sioux Falls.
  • 1963 - Great Bear Ski Area established.
  • 1966 - Pathfinder Nuclear Generating Station commissioned in nearby Brandon Township.
  • 1970 - Sioux Falls Regional Airport terminal built.
  • 1974 - Siouxland Heritage Museums established.
  • 1975 - Empire Mall in business.
  • 1981 - City of Sioux Falls Township Annexation Study was completed in November 1981
  • 1983 - December 20: Airplane accident.
  • 1986 - Qwest Tower (Sioux Falls) built.
  • 1988 - Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival begins.
  • 1990 - Sister city relationship established with Potsdam, Germany.
  • 1993 - Sister city relationship established with Strabane, Northern Ireland.
  • 1995 - Central Baptist Church built.
  • 1998 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1999 - Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science opens.

21st century

  • 2000 - Population: 123,975.
  • 2002 - Dave Munson becomes mayor.
  • 2005 - Zip Feed Tower demolished.
  • 2008 - Sister city relationship established with Newry and Mourne, Northern Ireland.
  • 2010
    • Mike Huether becomes mayor.
    • Population: 153,888.
  • 2011 - October 15: Occupy protest.

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