Pennington County is named for John L Pennington, who was the Governor of the Dakota Territory from 1874 to 1878.
Created: January 11, 1875
Sheridan 1877 – 1878
Rapid City 1878 – present
County Courthouse – Rapid City
Location: 315 Saint Joseph Street / 3rd Street
Built: 1922 – 1923
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: William Earl Hulse of Hutchinson, Kansas
Contractor: A Sugarman Construction of Des Moines, Iowa
Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. On north front there are eight stone columns rising from the first to second story and three large arched windows, one of which is above the center entrance. On the third story there is a balustrade and no windows. The original section contains the original courtroom. On the east side is the modern annex constructed in 1990 in the same style. The architect was Lund Associates and TSP Architects and the contractor was Corner Construction Company.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1883 at a cost of $12,000 and was destroyed by fire on April 25, 1897. The. The second courthouse was built by Thomas Sweeney, Hugh McMahon and Mike Whealen. The building burned in November 1897 and the third courthouse was built in 1898. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $415,000.
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Photos taken 2007 and 2015