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
W – Potter County
Created: January 8, 1873
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.
County Couthouse - Faulkton
Portrait – Major General Philip Henry Sheridan
Old County Jail - Faulkton
Photos taken 2007 and 2016