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Turner County herald. (Hurley, Dakota [S.D.]) 1883-19??, October 13, 1904, Image 6

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Spearfish
Normal School
A
840,007 Acres
YRRAPICWJJT
School of Mutes
Tfr^Kot Springs
Soldiers Ho
MMUM
Fall River
Pennington
SECTION
SECTION
Endowment lands, acres...
School land?, acres ......
Indemnity lands, acres..
A
Total for Section A
Campbell..
Edmunds...
Faulk
Hand
Hughes..
Hyde
McPher«on.
Potter.
Sully
Walworth..
SECTION
B.
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
Total for Section A 202,237 45,545
Section Ct Having One Institution, and is Asked to Give That Ufr:
Total for Section C.
MANY STARS BUT FEW ACRES.
Mitchell's scction has 47 per cent of In
stitutions and ^4 of 1 per cent of Lands.
The stars on the accompanying map mark
locations of fctate institutions. Seven of the
fifteen are situated in Mitchell's Section E, which
has only 1,513 acres of the 696,491 acres of lands
for endowment of State institutions.
That is to say: While the Mitchell scction
already has FORTY-SEVEN PEIl CENT of the
institutions, it has very much less than ONE
QUARTER OF ONE PER CENT of the lands
donated by the general government for their
endowment.
To give Mitchell the State capital, in addition
to the seven other institutions in its section,
would remove the only star on this map between
Aberdeen, Redfield, and Plankinton on the oast,
and Rapid City on the west—nn area comorining
NEARLY TWO-THIRDS of the entire State.
460 TIMES MORE OUTSIDE THAN INSIDE.
The State owns a total of 2,580,485 acres of
land of all sorts and kinds, donated to it by the
United State? for endowment of its public institu
tions and benefit of its common schools—096 4')1
/or its institutions and 1.883,994 for its schools
Of these public lands of all kinds, nearly ten
tunes as many acres lie outside of Mitchell's
Pierre
"ta'e
258,934 Acres
MAP OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Showing Distribution o! Lands Owned by the State and Location of State Institutions.
AJ
SECTION
B.
SUMMARY, Showing Amount of State Lands of Each Class, Lying in the Respective Sections of the State:
SECTION C.
(Pierre's)
SECTION C.
(Pierre's)
202,237 None
637,770 248,934
None 10.000
Total lands, acres 840,007 258,934 820.416 423,021
Section A, Having Three Institutions:
COUNTIES.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
AMOUNT FOR
CAPITOL
A1.0NE.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
18,258
9,703
13,264
4,320
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
18,258
9,703
13,264
4,320
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
18,258
9,703
13,264
4,320
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
18,258
9,703
13,264
4,320
60.280
63,787
07,609
10,561
18,258
9,703
13,264
4,320
3,395
63,215 8,798
29,072 7,190
25,108 480
2,724
26,433 8,737
115,490 8,658
56,030 2,400
49,633 151
25,473
396,573 36,404
7
Aberdeen
Tf Normal School
GL^
'416 Acres
TOTAL OCT
SIDE SEC
TION K.
SECTION D. SECTION E.
(Mitchell's)
Public institutions 3 None 1 A 7 8 15 6} 46} 53*
396,573
336,622
87,221
96.168
322,710
4,143
1,513
694,978
Total for Section
Jerauld.
Sanborn.
Grand total for all Sections
Surplus against Section E (Mitchell).
section as lie inside of it while of the land espe
cially intended for endowment of public institu
tions. FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY TIMES
as much lies outside of that section as lies inside.
To remove the capital away from the geographi
cal center, on the argument that it can not become
the center of population because two-thirds of
the state is unfit for agriculture, as Mitchell
knockers claim, would result in loss of value on
460 times as much of the State's endowment
lands as could be benefited by such removal.
LOSS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
The total land holdings of the State outside of
Mitchell's section are 2,342,378 acres, practically
all of which would be damaged in price if the
State should remove its capital as an indorsement
of Mitchell's knocker campaign—because, of
course, the demand for all South Dakota lands
would be seriously reduced by such an indorse
ment by the voters, and:it is demand that makes
price.
The average price at which the State's lands
have sold during the past fifteen years is $14.60
per acre.
For every dollar that* this average price of
$14.60 per acre might be reduced, THE STATE
WOULD LOSE $2,342,200 from its funds, and
the public institutions and schools would be
deprived of their share of the interest, or the tax
payers would have to make it up by direct levies.
edfield 423,021
pita* for Inuna
f/ Plankinton
Reform Schooler
TOTAL OCT
SIDE SEC
TION K.
SECTION D. SECTION E.
(Mitchell's)
1,782,630
101,364
230,594
None
238.107
Capitol lands, acres 45,545 None 36,404 1 None None 81,949 81,949 44} 0 100
ENDOWMENT LANDS, Donated by Federal Government for Support of Public Institutions—Distribution by Sections and Counties:
Gary
Sshoohfor Blind
Brookings
ricultural
ad
Norrrial 8c
Mitchell
State
238,1
Springfield
Tankt
rmal School
Ve*V
State 0"^
TOTAL FOR
ENTIRE
STATE.
PERCENTAGE OK TOTALS.
TOTAL FOR
ENTIRE
STATE. IN SEC C.
(Pierre's.)-
696,491
1,513
230,594
None
1,546,030
101,364
IN SEC. E.
(Mitchell's)
57
19
86
OuT8IIE E.
State vs.
Mitchell.
13*
0
238.107 2,342,378 2,580,485 1 32 9V4 90%
Scction D, Having Four Institutions:
COUNTIES.
99}
86}
100
TOTAL ACRES
FOR ALL
INSTITUTIONS.
AMOUNT ro»
CAPITOL
ALONE.
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
40
800
800
800
800
800
800
800
800
800
800
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
7,541
,423
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
10,555
34
66
31
75,512
Total for Section 96,168
Section E, Having Seven Institutions and Wanting Another:
Total for Section E.
1,513
696,491
694,978
81
*949
81.949
Thus it will be seen that the real cost of capital
removal would be much more than merely the
cartage and freight on the records, furniture, etc..
—that it certainly would be millions of dollar?
the loss of proceeds from sale of the State's lands.
And to this is to be added also the loss due to
keeping hundreds of thousands of acres off the
assessment rolls of the State, by reason of their
being allowed to remain undeveloped and unim
proved.
COMPARISON OF PIERRE AND
MITCHELL SECTIONS.
Section (Pierre's) includes ten counties, and
Section E (Mitchell's) twenty-one.
While Section has only Of per cent of the
State institutions, it has 57 per cent of the lands
for endowment of the same but Section E, with
seven times as many institutions, has less than
of 1 per cent of the lands for their endowment.
Of the lands with which to erect a capitol
building, Pierre's section has 44* per cent, while
Mitchell's section has NOT A SINGLE ACRE—
and yet it is asked that the capital shall be
removed to Mitchell.
The voters ^re urged to carefully consider the
facts and figures presented herewith, and to act
in the State's interest as they would act in their
own personal interest if the same sort of problems
were presented.
(Signed) PIERRE PRESS BUREAU.

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