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

Charles Hyde's Legacy

 
 
Charles Hyde's Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2016
1. Charles Hyde's Legacy Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Charles L. Hyde devoted much time and energy to promoting the young town of Pierre. A true believer in the city, Hyde built five of the seven buildings in Pierre's historic commercial district along upper Pierre Street. The St. Charles Hotel was his crowning architectural achievement. Legislators, U.S. presidents, and celebrities all stayed at the St. Charles. The Grand Opera House, just down the block from the hotel, hosted performers from across the country. Enthusiasm ran into the law when Hyde was convicted of fraud for making exaggerated claims about what Pierre had to offer. President Taft pardoned Hyde before he did any prison time.

19th-century pioneer settlement architecture is evident in the buildings along the Upper Pierre Street Commercial Historic District. Built between 1895 and 1909, many of the structures have Classical Revival details. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district symbolizes Pierre's bustling commercial start.

Sponsored by the South Dakota State Historical Society, a Preserve America grant, and the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Corporation.
Images courtesy
Marker detail: Charles Hyde, A man of many talents image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Enid Hyde
2. Marker detail: Charles Hyde, A man of many talents
Hyde worked as a detective, reporter, cattle hand, and semi-professional roller skater before making his fortune in real estate.
of the South Dakota State Historical Society and Enid Hyde.

 
Erected by The South Dakota State Historical Society, a Preserve America grant, and the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Corporation.
 
Location. 44° 22.097′ N, 100° 21.114′ W. Marker is in Pierre, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker is on South Pierre Street south of East Capitol Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the a small building midway between Capitol Avenue and Pleasant Drive, on the east side of Pierre Street. 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. First and Only Hanging in Hughes County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hughes County Courthouse / Site of First Library in Pierre (about 600 feet away); John Sutherland and the Capital Fights (about 600 feet away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. mile away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. mile away); South Dakota State Capitol (approx.
Marker detail: Charles L. Hyde's optimism about Pierre's future almost sent him to prison in 1922 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Charles L. Hyde's optimism about Pierre's future almost sent him to prison in 1922
This brochure — wildly exaggerating Pierre's prospects — went to potential investors.
mile away); Pierre Was A Cowtown / Reading Brands (approx. mile away); Soldiers' & Sailors' World War Memorial (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
 
Categories. ArchitectureNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker detail: Photo looking south down Pierre Street from Capitol Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Miller Studio
4. Marker detail: Photo looking south down Pierre Street from Capitol Avenue
The Upper Pierre Street Commercial Historic District retains a high degree of historic integrity. The buildings all look much as they did when first constructed.
Marker detail: 1911 Parade image. Click for full size.
1911
5. Marker detail: 1911 Parade
Pierre Street was a popular parade route for visiting dignitaries and festivals. Old Hughes County Courthouse (replaced in 1935) uphill in background.
Charles Hyde's Legacy Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2016
6. Charles Hyde's Legacy Marker (wide view)
Charles Hyde Building (<i>one street west of marker; on Capitol Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2016
7. Charles Hyde Building (one street west of marker; on Capitol Avenue)
Grand Opera House / Hyde Block (<i>uphill from marker; on Capitol Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2016
8. Grand Opera House / Hyde Block (uphill from marker; on Capitol Avenue)
St. Charles Hotel (<i>uphill from marker; on Capitol Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2016
9. St. Charles Hotel (uphill from marker; on Capitol Avenue)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 14 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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