Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Government Building
In 1891, the Unites States Government purchased the southeast corner lot on Phillips Avenue and 12th Street for $8,000 for the construction of a government building. While everyone agreed that the fledgling city of Sioux Falls needed such a building, the site selected came about after a bitter fight among competing businessmen.
A group of men led by two of the very earliest settlers of Sioux Falls, Wilmot W. Brookings and John McClellan, wanted the building located on the “north end” of Phillips Avenue. They all had economic interests in that area and wanted to enhance the value of their property. A second group, led by South Dakota Senator R.F. Pettigrew, was interested in developing their property at the “south end” of Phillips Avenue. Each group offered incentives to the federal government.
Senator Pettigrew introduced a bill in Congress to provide funds for the project. While waiting for the outcome, he and his syndicate improved South Phillips Avenue and gathered signatures from people who favored their site. Congress passed the bill, and after
The two-story building was completed at a cost of $152,000 and was opened to the public on May 17, 1895. The exterior
This handsome stone building is one of Sioux Falls’ finest examples of the stone cutters’ art and of local building practices of the late nineteenth century.
Minnehaha County, SD State and
District of SD Branch of US Courts
Citibank, Mary Chilton DAR Foundation and
Judge Peder K. Ecker
Erected 1995 by Minnehaha County, SD, State and District of SD Branch of US Courts, Historical Societies, Citibank, Mary Chilton DAR Foundation and Judge Peder K. Ecker. (Marker Number 656.)
Location. 43° 32.58′ N, 96° 43.597′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on South Phillips Avenue south of East 12th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First School House 1873 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington High School (about 500 feet away); Lt. Jonas Lien (about 700 feet away); Lost Bird (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cigar Manufacturing (approx. 0.4 miles away); From Glory to Glory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Dakota, D.T. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Illinois Central Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
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