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Ipswich, South Dakota

Posted by graywacke on October 30, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2222; A Landing A Day blog post number 650.

Dan:  Before getting into my usual detail, take a look at the landing number:  2222.  And even my blog post number is a good one:  650. I’ll jump the gun a little, and also let you know that I landed in the Missouri R watershed for the 400th time. 

With these good numbers, I surely wouldn’t land out in the middle of the northern Great Plains where the towns are tiny, the land is level and the past is predictable (although all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average), would I?  Oh yes I would, as today I say hello to . . . SD.

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local map, showing my proximity to the titular town of Ipswich:

landing 2

Here’s my watershed map:

landing 3a

As you can see, I landed in the watershed of Snake Creek; on to the James River (20th hit, yet another round number).  Zooming out a little, here’s the rest of the story:

landing 3b

As mentioned earlier, we’re on to the Missouri (400th hit); and then, of course, on to the MM (865th hit).

Here’s my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in to N-Cen SD:


Staying with GE, here’s a map showing Street View coverage:

GE SV landing


Here’s what the orange dude sees:



He then turned south and took a look:

SV looking south

Speaking of the orange dude, he also checked out Snake Creek a couple of miles east of my landing.  It ain’t much, but here’s what he saw:

SV snake ck

This is an empty landscape!  But head down the road next to my landing about seven miles, and you’ll run right into Ipswich (pop 1,000).

All that Wiki had to say is that the town was named after the hometown of one of the founders, Ipswich MA.  And then, it turns out that Ipswich MA was named after Ipswich England.  Here’s a GE shot showing the location of Ipswich, about 60 miles northeast of London:

ipswich map

And here’s a little of what Wiki has to say:

Ipswich is one of England’s oldest towns, if not the oldest. Under the Roman empire, the area around Ipswich formed an important route inland to rural towns and settlements via the rivers Orwell and Gipping.  A large Roman fort, part of the coastal defenses of Britain, stood at the mouth of the Orwell estuary and the largest Roman villa in Suffolk (possibly an administrative complex) stood at Castle Hill (in north-west Ipswich).

Ipswich is the home of “Ancient House” (Wiki photo):


This house (building?) was built in the 15th century (the 1400s!).  The building is decorated with four “paragets” (a decorative plastering applied to walls).  Each of the paragets represents one of the four known continents.  I’ll start with Africa, represented by a naked man holding a spear:


And then Asia, represented by a horse and a mosque-like building (Genghis Khan?):


And Europe, represented by a woman with a horse and a castle:


And then America, represented by an Indian with a dog at his feet:


So, domesticated dogs must have been considered an important part of the American scene from the British perspective, back about 500 years ago.  I found this by Linda Cole, discussing a book entitled “Carolina Dogs” by Canid Oddysey:

It’s only been within the last 40 years that one of North America’s native dogs was found living in the wild in South Carolina and Georgia.  According to DNA evidence released last year, the Carolina Dog is a descendant from the first dogs that lived with humans on the North American continent.

Domesticated dogs crossed the Bering Land Bridge into North America with the first humans in several migration waves 10,000 to 14,000 years ago. At least one was with Native American Indian ancestors and one was with Inuit ancestors. Some of these early native dog breeds have survived and are still here.

Well, there you have it!  The Indians have always had dogs (which obviously made an impression on the early European explorers who reported back).

By the way, did you deduce that the paragets were added sometime after the building was built (considering it includes America . . . )?

Here’s a Wiki photo of some great architecture in Ipswich:


Time to head back to South Dakota.  Ipswich SD has an excellent website.  I found this picture of the Memorial Arch which was built to honor those who fought in WW I:


The arch was built across Main Street, but then moved because Main Street was widened.  It was then obliterated by a storm, and rebuilt.  The stones used to reconstruct the arch were collected from all over the world, and stones out of each state within the United States.

Pretty cool for a teeny little South Dakota town.   By the way, see the yellow sign on the monument?  It declares that Ipswich is the home of the Yellowstone Trail.  The Yellowstone Trail is a 1912 automobile highway (U.S. Route 12) that went from Massachusetts to the Puget Sound.  The idea for the highway belonged to J.W. Parmley from Ipswich – and yes, the road went through Ipswich and Yellowstone Park.  Here’s a map:


And here’s a great road sign from 1926, wishing the motorists “Good Luck!”


Staying with the Ipswich website, they have a cool water tower:


And they also have a nifty split rock, which is nicely presented:


I’ll close with this GE Panoramio shot by Tatyana Keuseman, about 10 miles east of my landing:

pano Tatyana Keuseman


That’ll do it . . .




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