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Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

President Taft Comes to Deadwood

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President Taft Comes to Deadwood Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
1. President Taft Comes to Deadwood Marker
Inscription.  On October 21, 1911, U.S. President William Howard Taft delivered a 30 minute address from this location to a large crowd of spectators. President Taft's visit to Deadwood was one stop on a nationwide campaign tour across South Dakota and the western United States. It took the President three days to travel across South Dakota by railroad, stopping at communities along the way.

Prior to Taft's arrival, the Deadwood Businessmen Club organized the Presidents' itinerary for his visit to the communities of Deadwood and Lead. This included an elegant luncheon at the Franklin Hotel, transportation to the Homestake Assay Office in Lead and a brief underground tour of the Homestake Mine. After a three and half hour visit, President Taft boarded the train and traveled to Sturgis, Rapid City and eventually the communities in eastern South Dakota.

Before his departure, South Dakota Congressman and Deadwood resident, Eben Martin presented Taft with a one pound paperweight consisting of refined gold from the Golden Reward, Mogul, Wasp No. 2, Trojan and Lundberg Dorr and Wilson Mining companies. The bar was inscribed:

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to William H. Taft, President of the United States, Deadwood, South Dakota, October twenty-first, nineteen hundred and eleven.”


Presidents William Howard Taft and John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. would be the two US Presidents to visit Deadwood in the 20th century.
 
Erected by The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 21, 1911.
 
Location. 44° 22.493′ N, 103° 43.779′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Pine Street west of Sherman Street (CanAm Highway), on the right when traveling east. Located near the sidewalk, on the north side of the Lawrence County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 Sherman St, Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Job Corps Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Stability (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawrence County Jails & Capital Punishment (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation (within shouting distance
Marker detail: Library of Congress Portrait of William Howard Taft, circa 1900 to 1915 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
2. Marker detail: Library of Congress Portrait of William Howard Taft, circa 1900 to 1915
of this marker); Bonanza in the Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Architecture of a Unique Building Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Riches from Mud (within shouting distance of this marker); Utility Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally, on a waist-high post.
 
Also see . . .  On this date in history: William Howard Taft visits Deadwood. On October 2, 1911, President William Howard Taft addressed the crowd in front of the Lawrence County Courthouse on Pine Street in Deadwood. (Submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Photograph of President Taft speaking at the Lawrence County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Adams Museum Collection, Deadwood History, Inc.
3. Marker detail: Photograph of President Taft speaking at the Lawrence County Courthouse
President Taft Comes to Deadwood Marker (<i>tall view; north side of Lawrence County Courthouse</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
4. President Taft Comes to Deadwood Marker (tall view; north side of Lawrence County Courthouse)
Lawrence County Courthouse (<i>wide view from Sherman St; marker located behind tree at right</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
5. Lawrence County Courthouse (wide view from Sherman St; marker located behind tree at right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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