Pierre in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Old Hughes County Court House
South Dakota's Temporary Capitol
To the right is the large 1883 cement nameplate which was taken from the front of the old Courthouse and placed on the wall as a remberance.
In the October 1, 1889 election, South Dakota approved the State Constitution and picked Pierre as they temporary Capital. The old Courthouse served as the temporary Capitol building until January 7, 1890 when the old wooden State Capitol was completed on the south west corner of the Capitol grounds.
The following historic events occurred in and around the old Hughes County Courthouse.
1. The first House of Representatives met in the courtroom during a three day Legislative Session on October 15, 16, 17 1889. The first Senate met in the Congregational Church which at the time was located across the street south of here on the corner of Pierre Street and Capitol Avenue.
3, The first Governor, A.C. Mellette, and the constitutional officers had their offices in thee Old Courthouse until the wooden State Capitol building was completed.
4. The first South Dakota Supreme Court had their offices here and held session in the courtroom for more than a year until they moved into the old State Capitol.
Erected 1986 by Hughes County Commission and Pierre Historical Society Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 44° 22.154′ N, 100° 21.058′ W. Marker is in Pierre, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Capitol Avenue and S. Pierre Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in the lobby of the Hughes County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First and Only Hanging in Hughes County (here, next to 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); Pierre Hill Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Mateer Park (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. 3, 4. submitted on October 8, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.