The Presidential District
History Link: A Trail to Deadwood’s Past
—Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission —
In 1877 the gentle slopes of the hill became attractive to homeowners, who were being displaced by commercial growth on the flat land at the bottom of the gulch. By 1880 the cemetery had been moved further up the hill, clearing the way for new residential development. Within a few years the Ingleside neighborhood had replaced Forest Hill as the most fashionable quarter in town. Seth Bullock, Harris Franklin, Ben Baer, John Treber, Henry Frawley, Geroge Ayres, Freeman Knowles and Charles and Jonas Zoellner all lived in Ingleside area, which was marked by large Queen-Anne-style homes.
In time Ingleside became known as the Presidential District, since the neighborhood’s streets were named for all the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Lincoln, with two mysterious exceptions: Franklin Pierce and James K. Polk. At its peak, the Presidential District was home to the county jail and its own two-story school, although these
After World War II, the Presidential area began to decline with the rest of Deadwood. Some of the largest homes – including the imposing Treber House – were claimed by fire, while others were converted into apartments and allowed to deteriorate. However, the legalization of limited stakes gaming in 1989 has helped revitalize the neighborhood. Most noticeably, gaming provided historic preservation funds for 22 Van Buren Street, which is now the public Adams House Museum. Many other private residences have been restored since the 1990s.
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
Location. 44° 22.361′ N, 103° 43.648′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Van Buren Street. Touch for map. The marker is located near where Cemetery Street changes name to Van Buren Street, there in no intersection, near Sherman Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cemetery Street, Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Franklin’s Fine Home (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also
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