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Nature, Legend and History at Split Rock Park

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 09/22/2020 09:09:54

South Dakota | Garretson | Split Rock Park | Jesse James | WPA | Waterfall | Legends | History | Nature | Geology | Cave

Nature, Legend and History at Split Rock Park


Enjoying the beauty of Split Rock Park can be as simple as bird watching or taking in scenery like this dam and waterfall originally constructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. Those wanting to do something more active have the opportunity to hike, canoe or kayak, fish or even swim. There are a limited number of primitive tent sites and small RV sites with electric available for anyone hoping to stay overnight.

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Nature, legend or structures built by the Works Progress Administration?

Split Rock Park has all three! Nature lovers will be amazed at the quartzite rock along both sides of the Split Rock River. The cliffs can be seen by canoeing or kayaking, on a boat ride or just by sitting on a park bench. Still standing structures built in the 1930s by the WPA from stone native to the area include bridges, a dam and an old bathhouse.

According to local legend, it was in a cave alongside the river where brothers Frank and Jesse James hid out. Following the James gang's unsuccessful Minnesota bank robbery, the brothers were the only two to escape. After crossing the river on horseback and finding a cave where they could hole up, it is said that they got help from a nearby farmer who supplied them with food and other necessities.

The land in which the hideaway cave is located is now privately owned with no public access. There is, however, a 45 minute pontoon ride aboard the U. S. S. Jesse James which sails along the Split Rock River during the summer months. The pontoon navigates through the rock canyons from the park to the alleged cave and back again while the captain tells about the history and geology.

What would make you want to visit Split Rock Park - historical structures, nature or legend?

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