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

Architecture of a Unique Building Complex

— A Trail to Deadwood's Past —

 
 
Architecture of a Unique Building Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, October 6, 2021
1. Architecture of a Unique Building Complex Marker
Inscription.  The architectural style of the Homestake Slime Plant is typical of turn-of-the-century mining complexes that once dotted the Black Hills landscape. The press and precipitation buildings before you are classified as heavy timber framed construction utilizing oversized wooden beams as the primary support system. Douglas fir from Cosmopolis, Washington, was shipped via railroad and used in the massive truss system within these buildings. The exterior facade was originally covered with a red asphalt composition siding. This siding was replaced by corrugated galvanized steel after 1952.

Concrete was heavily utilized throughout the construction of this complex. Concrete used in the foundations, building and press footings, retaining walls, and floors was mixed on site and poured into large wooden frames. The base width of the building's concrete foundation is over five feet wide. The aggregate used in the concrete was mined from Whitewood Creek no more than fifty feet from this spot. Spent drill bits, railroad rails, and scrap steel were also mixed into the concrete for extra reinforcement.

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in the rafters and throughout the complex were masterfully created using mortise-and-tenon joints. Stout wooden dowels secure the joints together and are still in use today.
The original Douglas Fir rafters can be seen throughout the complex today.
This rare color slide from 1952 shows the buildings' red exterior before being covered with corrugated galvanize steel siding.

 
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
 
Location. 44° 22.474′ N, 103° 43.826′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Deadwood Mount Drive south of Pine Street, on the right when traveling south. Located at a pull off overlooking Whitewood Creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Riches from Mud (here, next to this marker); Bonanza in the Hills (here, next to this marker); Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation (here, next to this marker); President Taft Comes to Deadwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Job Corps Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
Architecture of a Unique Building Complex Marker (first from the left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, October 6, 2021
2. Architecture of a Unique Building Complex Marker (first from the left)
line); Civic Stability (about 300 feet away); Lawrence County Jails & Capital Punishment (about 400 feet away); Black Hills Railroads (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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