Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Post Oﬃce & Auditorium
(Watertown, South Dakota)
After years of renting spaces, the US Postal Service constructed the building on the corner of Broadway and First Avenue North in 1908 to 1909. By 1932, it was clear that the facilities were not adequate, which resulted in a well-blended addition. An entirely new building replaced this structure in 1976, leaving the original empty and its future unknown. As a way to protect it, listing on the National Register of Historic Places the same year encouraged recognition of its significance to the community.
The Works Progress Administration too, on the City Auditorium project in the late 1930s. It was constructed to include housing and facilities for the 34th Signal Corp with a garage for the Corp's trucks. The Watertown High School Arrow Basketball team played on the maple floor until the 1960s. Around the same time, the police department and city jail moved into the basement and stayed there until 1975. Many community events still take place at the auditorium.
Erected by Sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, a Preserve America grant, and the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Location. 44° 53.94′ N, 97° 6.9′ W. Marker is in Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watertown SD 57201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Codington County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watertown (approx. 0.7 miles away); Forsburg Park Sundial (approx. 4.1 miles away); District No. 5 Public School (approx. 9½ miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.