Pierre in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
First and Only Hanging in Hughes County
Erected 1950 by The Hyde Holding Corp. (Marker Number 630.)
Location. 44° 22.154′ N, 100° 21.06′ W. Marker is in Pierre, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker can be reached from East Capitol Avenue west of North Euclid Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Hughes County Courthouse grounds, directly in front of the main Capitol Avenue entrance, just to the left of the doorway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hughes County Courthouse / Site of First Library in Pierre (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Hyde's Legacy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Sutherland and the Capital Fights (about 500 feet away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. ¼ mile away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. ¼ mile away); South Dakota State Capitol (approx. ¼ mile away); Soldiers' & Sailors' World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pierre Was A Cowtown / Reading Brands (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
More about this marker. The marker may not be easily visible from the street, due to a spruce tree directly in front of the marker.
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1. Restored historical marker returned to courthouse. It was an old fashioned lynching. Early on April 18, 1885, a mob broke into the Hughes County Jail and dragged out James H. Bell, who had killed Forest G. Small with a hatchet four months earlier. The mob leaned a ladder against the courthouse flagpole and hanged Bell. It was the first and only hanging recorded in Hughes County. (Submitted on October 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Story of a Strange Crime.
from the Saint Paul Daily Globe, Monday April 29, 1889
and Long Evaded Conviction
But a Confession of Their Guilt Was Finally Made by One of Them.
One of (Submitted on October 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Additional keywords. lynching
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.