Civic Stability

Civic Stability (HMXJ6)

Location: Deadwood, SD 57732 Lawrence County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 22.508', W 103° 43.765'

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Deadwood erected two monuments to order and permanence in the early 1900s. The federal building open in 1907, and activities in the county courthouse started the next year.

In its early gold rush days, Deadwood had been a wild, raucous mining camp with a widespread reputation for lawlessness. But over time the community matured, and the residents supported law and order. Townspeople viewed the two government buildings as symbols of the respectability, permanence and importance that Deadwood had achieved.

[Photo captions; top left, bottom left and right]The building on the left in this 180s photograph served as Lawrence County Courthouse until workers demolished it to make way for the new courthouse. The structures farther north on Sherman are on the site of the federal building. [Photo credit:] Gold Belt Cities; Deadwood & Environs.

The United States District Court had met in Deadwood since the early gold rush days. Its first meeting in the mining camp was in a saloon on Lee Street. In the new federal building, the courtrooms occupied the second floor. The Classical revival design proclaimed the federal presence in the community. [Photo credit:] U.S. Post Office, Deadwood.

The new county courthouse, shown here in 1909, boasted beautiful murals on the walls and ceilings. Renovations covered this art, but it was exposed and restored in 1991. Additions have expanded the size of the original building, but it still serves at the center of county business. [Photo credit:] Wyoming State Museum.

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HM NumberHMXJ6
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Marker Number13
Placed ByDeadwood Historic Preservation Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 601224 N 4914324
Decimal Degrees44.37513333, -103.72941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.508', W 103° 43.765'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 30.48" N, 103° 43' 45.90" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 68 Sherman St, Deadwood SD 57732, US
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