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

Pierre's First School

 
 
Pierre's First School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2018
1. Pierre's First School Marker
Inscription. A one-room 14'x20' wooden building on the east side of Coteau Street served as Pierre's first schoolhouse. Eighteen students attended in 1881, closing when the public school opened in October of that same year. The little building was moved to various locations before the East Pierre Woman's Club worked with the city to locate the schoolhouse permanently in Steamboat Park in 1966. The Club restored the building as a tribute to Pierre's educational institutions and their students.

Capitol City Questers were able to restore the school with funding from a local citizen and a preservation grant. In 2008 staff from the City of Pierre volunteered to reside and reshingle Pierre's first school. In addition, the exterior was painted to capture the school's historic appearance.

Removing a structure from its original historic setting is less than ideal, but is often the only choice that keeps a building from being destroyed. Future generations can still enjoy and learn from a relocated building. Moving a building is no easy task. Small wood-frame buildings such as the schoolhouse can easily be relocated. Brick or stone structures offer a challenge since they are surprisingly fragile and heavy at the same time.
 
Erected by The South Dakota State Historical Society, a Preserve America
Marker detail: Original Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society
2. Marker detail: Original Schoolhouse
Originally a home for carpenters working in the area, thrifty citizens made the wooden structure into a schoolhouse for their children.
Grant, and the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Corporation.
 
Location. 44° 22.247′ N, 100° 21.847′ W. Marker is in Pierre, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker is at the intersection of West Dakota Avenue and James Street, on the left when traveling west on West Dakota Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located directly in front of the subject school house exhibit, in Steamboat Park, where James Street dead-ends into West Dakota Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Pierre SD 57501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pierre (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Deadwood Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); John C. Waldron (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Indians and the Fur Trade (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Sutherland and the Capital Fights (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pierre Was A Cowtown / Reading Brands (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walter H. Burke (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
 
Categories. Education
 
Marker detail: Schoolhouse in 1966 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society
3. Marker detail: Schoolhouse in 1966
In 1966, the East Pierre Woman's Club raised funds to move Pierre's first schoolhouse to its present location.
Marker detail: The restored schoolhouse in 2009 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy the South Dakota State Historical Society
4. Marker detail: The restored schoolhouse in 2009
Pierre's First School Marker (<i>wide view; marker located in front of school, under window</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 13, 2018
5. Pierre's First School Marker (wide view; marker located in front of school, under window)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Last updated on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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