Brookings in Brookings County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Heart of Brookings
Brookings County Courthouse
The Renaissance Revival-style courthouse was built in 1911 for $100,000 to replace the original 1885 two-story $7,000 wooden courthouse. Oscar Lee, an amateur artist from Volga, South Dakota, painted several interior murals as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in the 1930's, Other art in the building was a part of original construction.
Persistent local effort led to the construction of the Brookings Carnegie Library. Originally rejected for a Carnegie grant, the community formed the Brookings Free Library Association in 1911 to collect money and books. A mill levy to match the Carnegie grant and provide support for the library passed in 1913. The Carnegie grant was for $10,000. In 1976, it was converted to the Community Cultural Center and is operated by the Brookings Arts Council for exhibits and community cultural events.
Built in 1921 southeast of the old 1888 school that residents dubbed the "Red Castle," the High School was designed for 650 students. It had 24 rooms, offices, a gym, and an audititorium.
A $90,000 WPA project, Central Elementary was built in 1935. Like many schools of this era, Central Elementary contained a gymnasium. The building became the Children's Museum of South Dakota in 2010.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 44° 18.539′ N, 96° 47.705′ W. Marker is in Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th St and 6th Ave. on 4th St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 4th St, Brookings SD 57006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Coughlin Campanile (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paul Zantow Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brookings/Hillcrest Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Volga, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Medary Townsite (approx. 6.8 First Convention in Brookings County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Medary (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookings.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.