LaFoon 1882 - 1891 Historical

LaFoon 1882 - 1891 Historical (HM1WUZ)

Location: Faulkton, SD 57438 Faulk County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 2.436', W 99° 1.318'

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First county seat of Faulk County, when this area surveyed October 1882 by Albert Mellen, Louis Kniesel just south and F.M. McMullen, a mile west, were "squatting" on the land. First post office, Cecrops, Nora Reppy, postmistress, was established October 26 and changed to LaFoon, honoring Alexander LaFoon, an early comer and partner of Booth in a corner store in the booming town, near NW corner of Section 15-118-68.

In 1886 over 20 buildings including a school, Presbyterian church and the Court house, built for a saloon but bought by the County when the voters refused a license. Sylvia Smith, first school teacher, was also first Register of Deeds and later the wife of Judge J.H. Bottom, who came just after the survey. On November 5th, 1883, Governor Ordway appointed Humes, Jarvis & Humphrey to organize the county, which they did, designating LaFoon as County seat.

C.A. Ritter shot a buffalo that day nearby and buffalo steaks helped celebrate the event. LaFoon won the county seat contest of 1884 by three votes but when Faulkton became a two railroad town in 1887 lost out and moved almost entire to Faulkton. Its post office, the last vestige, was discontinued January 30, 1891. Early settlers in the LaFoon area were the Cornwell, Smith, Shaver, Lenhoff, Misfeldt, Hutchinson, Schenck and Turner families.
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Year Placed1964
Placed ByFaulk County Citizens and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 498269 N 4987460
Decimal Degrees45.04060000, -99.02196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 2.436', W 99° 1.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 2' 26.16" N, 99° 1' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near SD-45, Faulkton SD 57438, US
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