The older I get, the more I like learning about and reading about older stuff.

Funny how that works.

I'm something of an American history buff. I have more biographies and books on America of the past than I really need. But I can go back and re-read an account of the Civil War, Franklin Roosevelt or the Wright Brothers and it's just as good the second time as the first.

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And as you probably know, South Dakota is filled with interesting history, whether it's Jesse James making a legendary jump (or not) near Garretson or Wild Bill Hickok meeting his fateful end in Deadwood, with those aces and eights in his hand. Between the eastern edge of the state and the western edge of the state and from the northern border down to the south, there's tons of history to see and experience.

And that brings me to the Brown Earth Church.

Built in 1877 and believed to be the first church built in Grant County in northeast South Dakota, it was erected by Sisseton and Wahpeton Indian tribe members. Located near Stockholm, South Dakota, the church was purchased in 1901 by Swedish Christians from the Strandburg area.

These days the church is owned and maintained by the Grant County Historical Society.

So when you're exploring our great state, just take a little trip on Hwy 20 East of Stockholm. It's not that far off the highway and it'll welcome you to come on in, rest and reflect.

For more about the Brown Earth Church and other South Dakota history sites in Grant County visit the Grant County website.




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