Walworth County

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Walworth

Walworth County is named for the settlers who were originally from  Walworth County in Wisconsin.              

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Campbell County

E – Edmunds County

S – Potter County

W – Dewey County and Corson County

                                                      

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

County Seat:                

Scranton  1883 – 1884

Bangor    1884 – 1908

Selby       1908 – present

 

County Courthouse – Selby

 

Location:  4304 4th Avenue / Theodore Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  J P Eisentraut

Contractor:  Gary Construction Company of Watertown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story concrete, sandstone and buff colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Selby. The building is constructed on a concrete foundation and is faced with cut sandstone panels just above the finish grade. On each side of the building, the center projects from the main building with a Greek style roof on the third story. A projecting cornice runs below the flat roof line. The base of the building is dark red colored brick. The vestibules main entrance is wainscoting in white colored tile and opens to a landing on the buildings central stairwell, between the second and third stories. The stairway is a double-return design, and is constructed of slate treads and nosing. The doors are red oak with half-light glazing, and are beneath transoms. The courtroom is located on the third story and has hardwood floors. On the north side is the jail.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Walworth County Courthouse.

 

History:  In 1869, the first county seat was Scranton which later was changed to South LeBeau. The first county commissioner meeting was held at the home of Antoine LeBeau. In 1884, the county seat was moved to Bangor and the first courthouse was erected in Bangor. The county seat was moved to Selby in 1908. The Walworth County Building Association provided a building erected in 1904 and vault for rent as the second courthouse. In 1911 the third county courthouse was constructed at a cost of $50,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Selby

 

 

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County Jail – Selby

Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2015