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Winner! Whereizzit in South Dakota?

Do you recognize this spot? If you think you know the location, leave a comment below with your guess. 

On June 1, we will randomly select a winner from the correct answers. The winner will receive a collection of South Dakota Magazine products and a 16"x20" print of his/her choice from photographer Dave Tunge of Dakota Aerials


A lot of you recognized this spot — it's the Spirit of the Circle monument located near Big Bend Dam and Fort Thompson. Sadly, there can only be one winner, so we drew a name at random from the correct answers. Rick Crocker was the lucky one chosen. Congratulations, Rick!

Thanks for playing, everyone. Watch for our next Whereizzit contest in the July/August issue of South Dakota Magazine.


08:31 am - Wed, April 25 2012
Nola Bentz-Reber said:
This picture is at Bellefourche
10:00 am - Wed, April 25 2012
Eric Kent said:
The pictue was taken just north of the old Fort Thompson site along the river north of Chamberlain
10:29 am - Sat, April 28 2012
Charles Hamer said:
This is Southwest of the spillway of Big Bend Dam at Fort Thompson, SD. I think it is called the circle of nations.
09:43 am - Sun, April 29 2012
Sheri Andersen said:
This is the Spirit of the Circle Monument at Ft. Thompson SD. Lies between the town of Ft. Thompson and Big Bend Dam above the floodgates.
06:16 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Philip Testerman said:
This area is on top of Big Bend Dam at Ft. Thompson on the north end of the dam. It is on the right hand side of the road going south across the dam--a nice place to stop. Look up the river and see the town of Lower Brule. It appears the circle denotes directions.
06:43 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Nikki Rowenhorst said:
It is Wounded Knee
06:52 am - Tue, May 1 2012
tom hiles said:
Dedicated in 2002 to over 1300 lives lost in the 1860s' , it is located at big bend
08:06 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Rick Crocker said:
Memorial at the Big Bend Dam/Fort Thompson
08:31 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Linda Wegner said:
Looks like a Medicine Wheel. Many are saying it is the Spirit of the Circle Monument at Big Bend Dam/Ft. Thompson, so I will go with that, too!
08:42 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Brian Ewer said:
This is at Big Bend Dam by Ft Thompsom.
09:21 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Greg Dean said:
Spirit of the Circle Monument at Big Bend Dam, Ft Thompson, SD
10:17 am - Tue, May 1 2012
LaVaughn Busse said:
These are on the northeast side of Big Bend Dam at Ft. Thompson.
10:46 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Karla Pazour said:
By the dam at Ft. Thompson
11:14 am - Tue, May 1 2012
Tim Baustian said:
I asked my students about the picture, and this is definitely toward the north end of the Big Bend Dam. Many of my students are from Fort Thompson, so I have to thank them for the answer.
12:24 pm - Tue, May 1 2012
Dave Holst said:
Next to Big Bend Dam at Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. The Missouri River would have been close to a mile south of this location in pre-dam times. Lake Sharpe now lies just to the top of the photo.
02:30 pm - Tue, May 1 2012
Diane Medick said:
this is at the air force base for the parade of soldiers???
07:04 pm - Tue, May 1 2012
Joel Fagerhaug said:
Geographic Center of the United States, including Alaska & Hawaii. Near Belle Fourche.
06:30 am - Wed, May 2 2012
Isaac Dagel said:
North end of Big Bend Dam near Ft. Thompson.
07:40 am - Wed, May 2 2012
Dean Nickel said:
This is just north of Big Bend Dam, on the west side of the road.
08:34 pm - Wed, May 2 2012
Roger Williams said:
This location is to the SouthWest of the Emergency Spill-Way at Ft. Thompson
06:37 pm - Fri, May 4 2012
Diana Schlaffman said:
By Fort Thompson , near the dam. We saw it several years ago.
09:51 am - Sat, May 5 2012
jerry rank said:
Fort Thomson near the dam what a great place.
05:38 pm - Sun, May 6 2012
Jerry Price said:
We visited there a couple years ago and sat in the very center. It is near the Dam at Fort Thompson.
12:16 pm - Mon, May 7 2012
Linda Mueller said:
It is the Fort Thompson Dakota Indian Monument near Ft. Thompson in Buffalo County.
08:01 pm - Sun, May 13 2012
Don Maxwell said:
I'm guessing that it marks the geographical center of the U.S.
07:30 am - Mon, May 14 2012
russell cournoyer said:
have viewed it on several occasions on my trips to and from lower brule @ ft. thompson Spirit of the Circle Mnmt. @ the Big Bend in Ft. Thompson.
04:35 am - Tue, May 15 2012
Sara Gustad said:
Looks like the monument north of Big Bend Dam just before Fort Thompson.
02:52 pm - Thu, May 17 2012
Rebecca Wirkus said:
It is by Big Bend Dam at Fort Thompson. St Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain sent me items with the Circle on them.
10:50 am - Fri, May 18 2012
ray graves said:
this site is next to the spillway observation area at Big Bend Dam
06:24 pm - Sat, May 19 2012
Arden Bergeleen said:
Above the spillway in Fort Thompson. Without a doubt
03:55 pm - Mon, May 21 2012
Leigh Blackman said:
This is in Belle Fourche
04:56 pm - Tue, May 22 2012
dawn rinehart said:
its between ft.thompson and big bend dam, kitty corner across from the spillway. dah
07:05 am - Wed, May 23 2012
Diane DesLauriers said:
I believe this might be at Fort Thompson, SD. Near the damn.
08:20 am - Wed, May 23 2012
It is the Spirit of the Circle Monument, located on Big Bend Dam, Fort Thompson, SD, a place to stop and remember history, honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the early years of the founding of this country. Let us never forget who came before us and let us determine not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
08:59 am - Fri, May 25 2012
Deana Brodkor said:
It is near Ft. Thompson and the Big Bend Dam. I drive by it every time I go home to Wessington Springs.
03:50 pm - Sat, May 26 2012
Raymond Wright said:
This is located just west of Fort Thompson above the spillway.
01:36 pm - Sun, May 27 2012
Robert Heavner said:
Spirit of the Circle Monument/ Big Bend Dam
10:58 pm - Thu, December 6 2012
DakotaInExile said:
It's on Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in Fort Thompson, SD. It's near the Big Bend Dam, however, it overlooks the Missouri river on the opposite side of the road. It is dedicated to our Dakota ancestors who perished during our forced removal from our Minnesota homelands after the "Little Crow War" or "Dakota Uprising" in 1862. As a result of the war, 38 of our Dakota men were hung in Mankato, MN (the largest mass execution in US history) on December 26, 1862, and our people who had been imprisoned in Fort Snelling, MN, were forcibly marched out of Minnesota and then put on steam boats and brought up the Missouri River to Crow Creek, SD. Along the way many of our people died. Once they reached the reservation (then a prisoner of war camp), many more starved. It was a dark period. This monument recognizes those who died and is a reminder that despite a painful history (which happened just a few generations ago) we are are still here, because of the strength and adaptability of our ancestors.

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