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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Watertown, South Dakota

 
Clickable Map of Codington County, South Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Codington County, SD (38) Clark County, SD (3) Day County, SD (18) Deuel County, SD (3) Grant County, SD (7) Hamlin County, SD (2)  CodingtonCounty(38) Codington County (38)  ClarkCounty(3) Clark County (3)  DayCounty(18) Day County (18)  DeuelCounty(3) Deuel County (3)  GrantCounty(7) Grant County (7)  HamlinCounty(2) Hamlin County (2)
Watertown is the county seat for Codington County
Watertown is in Codington County
      Codington County (38)  
ADJACENT TO CODINGTON COUNTY
      Clark County (3)  
      Day County (18)  
      Deuel County (3)  
      Grant County (7)  
      Hamlin County (2)  
 
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1South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Arthur Calvin Mellette — Governor
This Marks the Site of Home of Governor Arthur Calvin Mellette Tenth and Last Governor of Dakota Territory and First State Governor of South Dakota 1885 - 1893 Map (db m169942) HM
2South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Carnegie Free Public Library — 27 First Ave. S. E. — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1905-1906. Maurice Hockman Architect. Library left 1974.Map (db m141092) HM
3South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Codington County Courthouse
An example of Neo-classical architecture with Renaissance exterior elements, the Codington County Courthouse was built by Gray Construction under the direction of architects Freed and Perkins & McWayne. It cost $375,000.00 and was dedicated in June . . . Map (db m23930) HM
4South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Commercial Building — 11 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1933. Watertown Publishing Company.Map (db m155095) HM
5South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Commercial Historic District
Watertown was platted by the Winona & St. Peter Railroad. The uptown district, consisting of six square blocks, was divided into narrow lots intended mostly for commercial use running parallel to the railroad tracks. Important noncommercial . . . Map (db m120097) HM
6South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Company H. Monument — 1st Regiment South Dakota Volunteer Infantry — 1899 —
(north inscription)Spanish-American War 1898 —Battles— Manila, Blockhouse No. 4, La Loma Church, San Francisco Del Monte, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Bigaa, Guiguinto, Santa Maria, Santa Ysabel, Malolos, Guiguinto . . . Map (db m155121) WM
7South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Dedicated to Veterans
. . . Map (db m198595) WM
8South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — First National Bank — 1 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1916 by Majerus Construction Company. Later Medical Arts Building.Map (db m154999) HM
9South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Forsburg Park Sundial
This sundial and this park are dedicated to time. Time is a paradox. . . we never seem to have enough. Yet we have all the time there is. We chose the sundial the oldest known device for Measuring time as a means of taking time to say . . . Map (db m113356) HM
10South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — 566 — Freeman Thayer Post Memorial
. . . Map (db m198594) WM
11South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Home Furniture Company — 17 South Maple — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built about 1906. Maurice Hockman probably architect.Map (db m155090) HM
12South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Home of Governor Arthur Calvin Mellette
This marks the site of home of Governor Arthur Calvin Mellette Tenth and last governor of Dakota Territory and first state governor of South Dakota 1885–1893Map (db m181990) HM
13South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — M.D. Alexander's Furniture Store — 3 South Maple — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built after 1898 and by 1910. Martinson’s Women’s Clothing.Map (db m155065) HM
14South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Maurice Hockman
Maurice A. Hockman, a prominent South Dakota architect, designed a large part of uptown. At least ten buildings are attributed to him and nine or more have Hockmanesque features. Characteristics of his style are prominent courses of brick . . . Map (db m131988) HM
15South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — McCarthy Building — 7 South Maple — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built after 1898 and by 1910. Theodore G. Lamm Hardware Store in 1919.Map (db m155068) HM
16South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — McIntyre Block — 19-21 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1888 for Bill McIntyre. Facade added 1910 by architect Maurice Hockman. South half plumbing business since 1922. Redlinger Bros.Map (db m155099) HM
17South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Mellette Hill
This area overlooking the Sioux River and river plains is known as Mellette Hill; named in honor of South Dakota's first governor, whose residence is near this site. Over the last century, the land has been privately owned. However, in 1973 . . . Map (db m169944) HM
18South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — 499 — Mellette House
Arthur C. Mellette was elected first Governor of the State of South Dakota in 1889. Although Watertown lost in its bid to obtain the State Capital, which was established in Pierre, the Mellettes maintained their home in Watertown. While the . . . Map (db m181946) HM
19South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Mercer Block — 11 East Kemp Avenue — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built after 1888 and before 1892. From 1892 to 1915 bank, U.S. Express Office, saloon, clothing store, and jewelry shop. 1940’s First Federal Savings & Loan.Map (db m154997) HM
20South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Minneapolis and St. Louis Depot
This Property has been Placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m169930) HM
21South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — O. N. Whistler Meat Market — 17 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1910 by Gray Construction. Maurice Hockman, Architect.Map (db m155098) HM
22South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — 498 — Old M. & St. L. Depot Museum
This depot, originally the Rock Island Lines New Passenger Station and Division Office Building, was erected as a joint venture of the Rock Island, and the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroads in 1912 for $50,000.00. Over the years, it has . . . Map (db m90413) HM
23South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Paris Store — 9-11 South Maple — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built after 1898 and before 1910. Women’s clothing store 1919.Map (db m155077) HM
24South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Post Office & Auditorium — (Watertown, South Dakota)
After years of renting spaces, the US Postal Service constructed the building on the corner of Broadway and First Avenue North in 1908 to 1909. By 1932, it was clear that the facilities were not adequate, which resulted in a well-blended . . . Map (db m113231) HM
25South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Public Opinion & City Hall
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 . . . Map (db m131989) HM
26South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Retail Building — 10 East Kemp Avenue — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built in 1888. In 1919 Hestad Shoe Store. 1930’s Art Deco facade added for Harold Gray’s Camera Shop.Map (db m155052) HM
27South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Retail Building — 12 East Kemp Avenue — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1888. By 1919 Sugar Bowl Confectionary.Map (db m155059) HM
28South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Rosa Frey Millinery Shop — 15 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1910 by Gray Construction. Hat shop with owner living above store.Map (db m155097) HM
29South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Schaller's Department Store — 19 South Maple — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1914. Maurice Hockman probably architect. Herbergers through 1970’s.Map (db m155085) HM
30South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Tarbell Block — 25 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built in 1911, Maurice Hockman probably architect. By 1915 Plattis Automobile Company showroom with four cars in stock.Map (db m155100) HM
31South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — 635 — Town Clock History — 1887 – 1987
This tower was constructed in 1987 to house the old town clock. The city purchased the clock from Dakota Loan and Trust Co in 1887 for $1,000. The clock was moved to a tower on top of city hall in 1889. The old City Hall was demolished in 1965 . . . Map (db m169947) HM
32South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — 191 — Watertown — and Vicinity
1835 Joseph LaFramboise had trade post at Two Woods Lake (Chanopa. 1838 Nicollet & Fremont , explorers, visited SE Codington County. 1840 Rev. Stephen Return Riggs enroute, Lac Qui Parle to Ft. Pierre, traversed the area. 1856 Capt. Alfred . . . Map (db m177449) HM
33South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Watertown Post Office — 20-28 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built 1908-1909, rear addition 1933 W.P.A. Project. Postal Service left building 1976.Map (db m155000) HM
34South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Watertown Veterans Memorial
Veterans MemorialMap (db m197990) WM
35South Dakota (Codington County), Watertown — Wiser Block — 5 South Broadway — Watertown Commercial Historic District —
Built after 1898 and by 1910. Has housed Post Office, Sternberg Clothing House, Olson Lee Clothing, Luck Shoe Shop, and Skagg’s Grocery.Map (db m154998) HM
 
 
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Jul. 4, 2022