Hand County

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Hand County is named for George G Hand, who served as secretary of the Dakota Territory from 1874 to 1883.

 

Surrounmding County Courthouses: 

N – Faulk County

E – Spink County and Beadle County

S – Jearauld County and Buffalo County

W – Hyde County

 

Created:  January 8, 1873                      Map of South Dakota highlighting Hand County

County Seat:

Miller  1882

 

County Courthouse – Miller

 

Location:  315 West 1st Avenue / West 4th Street

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John G Ralston of Waterloo, Iowa

Contractor:  Currie Construction Company of Waterloo, Iowa

 

Description: The building faces east and is a stately rectangular three story gray colored stone structure. The buiilding is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Miller. The entrance on the east side has a column on each side and a wide header above with a clock at the top section. The north and south ends project slightly. The roof line of the building is a slightly darker color and the roof line is flat. The main feature of the third floor is the courtroom with a seating capacity of 200 people. The courtroom has lovely stain glass panels in the ceiling/ the oak woodwork is abundant. Over the main doors into the courtroom is an art glass transom/ with the word “Courtroom”. 

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hand County Courthouse

 

History:  The county seat was Miller in 1882. The county occupied rental premises. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure designed by T D Allen and built by J C Yester & AD Hall at Broadway and First Street in 1890. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Miller

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016