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Courthouse Memorial

 
 
Courthouse Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, July 30, 2006
1. Courthouse Memorial
Inscription.  The Yankton County Courthouse stood at this site from 1905 to 2003. The handsome three-story building was dedicated Nov. 1, 1905. Speakers at that event estimated it would have "a long life of 25 years." The building far exceeded those expectations and served Yankton County residents for most of a century. Inspections and tests by a team of architects and engineers in 1999 and 2000 revealed several serious flaws in the structural integrity of the courthouse building. A new Yankton County Government Center was built to house county offices and it opened to the public in February 2003. The old courthouse was taken down in June 2003.

The towering flagpole, front steps and three, square stone columns that stood at the entrance remain as a memorial to the historic building. The original courthouse bell is mounted nearby. A portion of original stonework at the northwest corner of the old courthouse site is intact and serves as a bench near the bell. A donation from the Frank and Rose Brady Family assisted in the preservation of the memorial site.
 
Erected 2004 by Yankton County Commission, J.C.
Photo of the old courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer
2. Photo of the old courthouse.
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(Jerry) Bienert, Brian J. Hunhoff, Bruce D. Jensen, Allen R. Sinclair, Wm. R. (Bill) Tamisiea.
 
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is February 2003.
 
Location. 42° 52.186′ N, 97° 23.79′ W. Marker is in Yankton, South Dakota, in Yankton County. Marker is at the intersection of West Third Street and Broadway Avenue (U.S. 81), on the right when traveling east on West Third Street. Located in front of the new Government Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yankton SD 57078, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Yankton Stockade Site (a few steps from this marker); First Dakota National Bank of Yankton (within shouting distance of this marker); West Wall / Yankton Stockade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierre Dorion, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yankton.
 
Courthouse Memorial with bell and bench. image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, July 30, 2006
3. Courthouse Memorial with bell and bench.
Courthouse dedication plaque. image. Click for full size.
July 18, 2021
4. Courthouse dedication plaque.
Rear of Courthouse Memorial image. Click for full size.
July 18, 2021
5. Rear of Courthouse Memorial
Original Courthouse Bell image. Click for full size.
July 18, 2021
6. Original Courthouse Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,095 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2021.   6. submitted on August 2, 2021. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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