Monday, January 12, 2015

Wilmot W. Brookings

Judge Brookings lost both of his feet to frostbite in 1858.  He is the the namesake of this wonderful South Dakota town I live in.  He called out to be a cartoon. 
"He rose to a high position in the Territory, once being a member of the Squatter Territorial Legislature and later being elected Squatter Governor. Brookings then became appointed superintendent of a road that was to be built from the Minnesota state line west to the Missouri River about 30 miles north of Ft. Pierre. It was during the construction of this road that Brookings came into contact with land that was part of this county at the time. Because of his drive to settle the Dakota Territory, Brookings County and city were named for a spirited pioneer promoter. Wilmot W. Brookings made settlement of this area a real possibility for many people." -wikipedia

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