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

Heart of Brookings

 
 
Heart of Brookings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 16, 2018
1. Heart of Brookings Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
Brookings County Courthouse
The Renaissance Revival-style courthouse was built in 1911 for $100,000 to replace the original 1885 two-story $7,000 wooden courthouse. Oscar Lee, an amateur artist from Volga, South Dakota, painted several interior murals as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in the 1930's, Other art in the building was a part of original construction.

Carnegie Library
Persistent local effort led to the construction of the Brookings Carnegie Library. Originally rejected for a Carnegie grant, the community formed the Brookings Free Library Association in 1911 to collect money and books. A mill levy to match the Carnegie grant and provide support for the library passed in 1913. The Carnegie grant was for $10,000. In 1976, it was converted to the Community Cultural Center and is operated by the Brookings Arts Council for exhibits and community cultural events.

High School
Built in 1921 southeast of the old 1888 school that residents dubbed the "Red Castle," the High School was designed for 650 students. It had 24 rooms, offices, a gym, and an audititorium. The
Heart of Brookings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 16, 2018
2. Heart of Brookings Marker
Middle School later occupied the building. The building is currently known as the "1921" Building as renovated into apartment and offices in 2004.

Central Elementary
A $90,000 WPA project, Central Elementary was built in 1935. Like many schools of this era, Central Elementary contained a gymnasium. The building became the Children's Museum of South Dakota in 2010.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 44° 18.539′ N, 96° 47.705′ W. Marker is in Brookings, South Dakota, in Brookings County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th St and 6th Ave. on 4th St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 4th St., Brookings SD 57006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brookings County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookings/Hillcrest Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Volga, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Medary Townsite (approx. 6.8 miles away); First Convention in Brookings County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Medary
Brookings County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 16, 2018
3. Brookings County Courthouse
(approx. 6.8 miles away); Moody County (approx. 7.9 miles away); Brookings County (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookings.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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