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

Public Opinion & City Hall

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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 7, 2019
1. Public Opinion & City Hall Marker
Several newspapers kept the people of Watertown up to date until about 1900. By then the majority of them had ceased publication or merged with other papers. The Public Opinion was formed from the merger of the Courier-News, which began printing in 1882, and the Public Opinion, founded by L.D. Lyon in 1887. A new publisher bought both papers in 1893 and kept the Public Opinion name.

Stizel X. Way purchased the paper in 1908 to advance his political and civic interests. By 1910, it was Watertown's only daily paper. It was first located here on South Broadway. In 1911, the paper moved to Second Street Northeast. It remained there until 1972, when it moved to its current location on Third Avenue Northwest. It was family-owned until 2002.

The first city hall was located at the southeast corner of Kemp Avenue and 1st Street West. Designed by architect L.V. Sybrant and constructed in 1889, it was three stories tall and housed the police department and city jail, fire department, council chamber, public library, public hall, and city offices. After the building was declared structurally unsound and demolished in 1974, offices
Public Opinion & City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 7, 2019
2. Public Opinion & City Hall Marker
and departments moved to various locations across the city. A high-rise apartment building opened on the site in 1975.

1. Original city hall building. Photograph image taken in 1909.
2. Public Opinion newspaper printing room in 1916.
3. Original Public Opinion Building on North Broadway.
4. Photograph image of Commercial Hotel. This site world become the location of the Public Opinion Building constructed in 1954. This is the current location of city hall.
Erected by Sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, a Preserve America Grant, and the South Dakota State Historical Society. Images courtesy of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Codington County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 53.983′ N, 97° 6.558′ W. Marker is in Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd St NE and Kemp Ave E on 3rd St NE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 3rd St NE, Watertown SD 57201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maurice Hockman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Codington County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Post Office & Auditorium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watertown (approx. 0.9 miles away); Forsburg Park Sundial (approx. 4.3 miles away); District No. 5 Public School (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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