Civic Stability

Civic Stability (HMXJ6)

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

N 44° 22.508', W 103° 43.765'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
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.

HM NumberHMXJ6
Marker Number13
Placed ByDeadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 4:38am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
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
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 68 Sherman St, Deadwood SD 57732, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. What year was the marker erected?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?