The USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota features a concrete outline of USS South Dakota.
The USS South Dakota (BB-57) (AKA “Old Nameless” or “Battleship ,”) was a battleship built for the United States Navy in the 1930s. In its time, it was utilized in every major battle and was the most decorated ship of World War II from 1942 to 1945.
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After it was struck down in 1962, the salvaged parts were shipped to Sioux Falls. Since they couldn’t get the entire ship shipped to the landlocked state, it was deconstructed and reconstructed as best possible.
A concrete outline was poured in a park with the salvaged remnants arranged in place, including the anchor, a propeller, the ship’s bell, and an original 16-inch, 94-ton gun.
The memorial has been set to be the battleship’s actual dimensions, and spans 680 feet long and over 100 feet at its widest point.
You can visit the concrete outline of USS South Dakota at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls.
Looking for more of the best South Dakota roadside attractions? Be sure to also visit Storybook Island, Rapid City Dinosaur Park, Wall Drug, and the Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man.
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial
Address: Sherman Park, 2705 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Hours: 9:30am to 5:30pm, daily
Cost: Free to See