Fall River County

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Fall River County is named for the Fall River which flows through the county.

 

Created:  April 3, 1883

County Seat:

Hot Springs  1883 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hot Springs

 

Location:  906 North River Street / Minnekahta Avenue

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Charles P Brown

Contractor:  Fred T Evans & Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a four story native red colored sandstone structure. The building has a square central tower with an arched entrance on the second story. Stone stairs rise to the second story.  The top of the tower has long vertical niches. Smaller towers with high windows are on the north and south corners.

 

Note:  The contractor Fred T Evans owned the land on which the courthouse was erected. The cost of construction was $23,000 with an additional $3,750 for the jail. While the courthouse was being constructed, court was held in the Opera House. The courthouse serves Shannon County which consists almost entirely of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Matters related to the Oglala Sioux Tribal members, however, are handled by the Tribal Court in Pine Ridge.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Custer County

E – Shannon County

S – Dawes County, Nebraska and Sioux County, Nebraska

W – Niobrara County, Wyoming

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2015