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Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wiser Block

5 South Broadway

 

— Watertown Commercial Historic District —

 
Wiser Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
1. Wiser Block Marker
Inscription.  Built after 1898 and by 1910. Has housed Post Office, Sternberg Clothing House, Olson Lee Clothing, Luck Shoe Shop, and Skagg’s Grocery.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 44° 54.015′ N, 97° 6.895′ W. Marker is in Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington County. Marker is on South Broadway south of West Kemp Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level, near the northeast corner of the subject building, beside the entrance, facing South Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 South Broadway, Watertown SD 57201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank (a few steps from this marker); Commercial Building (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Frey Millinery Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); O. N. Whistler Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntyre Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Retail Building (within shouting distance of this marker);
Wiser Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
2. Wiser Block Marker
a different marker also named Retail Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Tarbell Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
 
Regarding Wiser Block. Contributing property, Watertown Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #89000834.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Watertown Commercial Historic District
 
Also see . . .
1. Watertown Commercial Historic District (Wikipedia). (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Historic Watertown Guided Tour. The south half of this building served as the U.S. Post Office around 1900. In the early 1900s, it housed the Sternberg Clothing House which became Olson Lee Company clothing, and from 1914 into the 1920s it was the Sperling Shoe Co. The O. P. Skaggs grocery store operated here from the 1930s until 1990. The architect may have been Maurice Hockman. The building is trimmed with Kasota Stone, and the overall design shows a bold use of patterns including brick checkerboard. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Town Players Theater. Town Players is a community theater group
Wiser Block image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
3. Wiser Block
that presents live theatre in a historic Downtown building in Watertown, South Dakota. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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