PIERRE, S.D. – The first territorial legislature of Dakota located the University of Dakota at Vermillion on April 21, 1862.
In 1881, Congress granted 72 sections of public land to Dakota Territory “for the use and support of a university when it should be admitted as a state to the Union.” The university charter was approved on February 3, 1883, and classes were held for the first time on the present campus later that same year.
Today, the University of South Dakota (USD) is known as the state’s oldest university and is home to the state’s only medical and law schools. It is one of six universities governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
The Marks of History series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight historical markers all across South Dakota. Click on the special “Marks of History” link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.
The Marks of History series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota and Goal 4 to enhance history and arts as a tool for economic development and cultural tourism in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.
- Information for this release was obtained from “Brevet’s South Dakota Historical Markers”.