Contact Info
Missouri River Institute
The University of
South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Science Center
Vermillion, SD 57069

Financial support for website development provided by the
Living River Group
of the
Sierra Club




Site Description:

Riverside Park is located on the South Dakota side of the Missouri River and features picnic shelters, playground equipment and a bike trail that follows the river.

Riverside Park is home to the Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica, a symbol of Yankton serving as the first capitol of Dakota Territory from 1861 until the legislature decided to move the capitol to Bismarck in 1883. The replica is patterned after the original Dakota Territorial Capitol built in Yankton in 1862 and torn down in 1886.

Displays in the capitol replica include photographs of old Yankton, maps of the Dakota Territory, a gallery of former Dakota Territorial governors and a tribute to the local St. John's Masonic Lodge. When you visit, you will want to take note of the quilt showing Yankton landmarks, made by the four Yankton Quester chapters, a group dedicated to historical preservation.

Riverside Park
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