Faulk County

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Faulk County is named for Andrew J Faulk, who served as the third Dakota Territorial governor from 1866 to 1869.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Edmunds County

E – Spink County

S – Hand County and Hyde County

W – Potter County
Created:  January 8, 1873                      Map of South Dakota highlighting Faulk County

County Seat:

La Foon   1883 – 1886

Faulkton  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Faulkton

 

Location:  110 9th Avenue South / Court Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Renaissance and Classical Revival

Architect:  W R Parsons and Sons of Des Moines, Iowa

Contractor:  Gray Construction Company of Watertown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a stately rectangular three story brown colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscapred grounds in the center of Faulkton. The building has a red colored stone base and portico supported by three large columns on the east side rising to a pediment. The roof line of the building is has a balustrade. The courtroom on the third story does retain two recently restored murals by local artist, Charles T Geener. The mural on the north wall depicts an eagle clutching a shield. The mural on the south wall is of an angel flanked by lions. On the west side is the old two story buff colored brick jail.

 

Note:  The W R Parsons and Sons of Des Moines, Iowa designed four of South Dakota’s county courthouses in Hanson County (1904) ( demolished ), Turner County (1902) and Yankton County (1905) ( demolished ).

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Faulk County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and organized in 1883 with the county seat at LaFoon. The county seat moved to Faulkton in 1886 and the first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906 at a cost of $38,459. The cupola was removed from the courthouse in 1934.

 

 

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County Couthouse - Faulkton

 

 

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Portrait – Major General Philip Henry Sheridan

 

 

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Old County Jail - Faulkton

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016