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De Smet in Kingsbury County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Waters Land & Loan Company

 
 
Waters Land & Loan Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
1. Waters Land & Loan Company Marker
Inscription.  The Kingsbury Abstract Company was formed in 1887, with J.C. Gibson, A.W. Miller, C.L. Dawley, Al Thomas and A.N. Waters as members. The company built this building in 1888-89.

Through the years the building has housed many offices, including the Germania State Bank, Peoples State Bank, a doctors office and dental office. The building exchanged hands again in 1997, and after three years of extensive restoration, was opened as The Heritage House Bed and Breakfast.

The homesteaders on the Dakota prairies were warned it was going to be a hard winter. They had been told that every seventh winter was a hard winter and that at the end of three times seven years came the hardest winter of all. Pa was worried. The little claim shanty on the homestead was not strong enough to survive a hard winter. Pa decided to move the family into his store on Main Street. It was located at the corner of Calumet and Second Street. Ma could look out the kitchen window to the north and see vacant lots and the depot to the northeast.
The Long Winter

 
Location.
Marker detail: Historic Waters Land & Loan Company photograph image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Historic Waters Land & Loan Company photograph
44° 23.175′ N, 97° 32.937′ W. Marker is in De Smet, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is at the intersection of Calumet Avenue SE and 2nd Street SE, on the left when traveling south on Calumet Avenue SE. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the southwest corner of the subject building, facing Calumet Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Calumet Avenue SE, De Smet SD 57231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Couse Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Kingsbury County, S.D. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kingsbury County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); De Smet Forest / De Smet (approx. 1.3 miles away); Harvey Dunn, N.A. (approx. 8.3 miles away); KELO-Land Centennial Gold Rush (approx. 8.3 miles away); Harvy Dunn and Grace Ingalls Dow (approx. 8.6 miles away); Manchester (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Smet.
 
Also see . . .
1. Virtual Tour of De Smet: Waters Land & Loan Company. Waters became an extensive land owner and was director of the De Smet National Bank. He also served as mayor several terms and in De Smet made many marked improvements to the town. (Submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Heritage House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1888. This handsome two story building would come to
Waters Land & Loan Company Marker (<i>tall view; marker mounted left of corner entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
3. Waters Land & Loan Company Marker (tall view; marker mounted left of corner entrance)
house the Waters Land and Loan Co., the Abstract Company, and a year later the Germania State Bank. This building had the historical importance of being a place where the pioneers would come to stake their claims. Some even say that the Ingalls banked here. Over one hundred years would go by before it would become the beautiful bed and breakfast is today. (Submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Waters Land & Loan Company Building (<i>west side view from Calumet; marker visible far right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
4. Waters Land & Loan Company Building (west side view from Calumet; marker visible far right)
Waters Land & Loan Company (<i>building detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
5. Waters Land & Loan Company (building detail)
Waters Land & Loan Company (<i>southwest corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
6. Waters Land & Loan Company (southwest corner view)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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