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Brule County

Brule County is named for the Brule band of Sioux Native Americans who lived in the region.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Buffalo County and Jerauld County

E – Aurora County

S – Charles Mix County

W – Lyman County


Created:  January 14, 1875                    Map of South Dakota highlighting Brule County

County Seat:

Brule City       1879 – 1881

Chamberlain  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Chamberlain


Location:  300 South Courtland Street / West Stearns Avenue

Built:  1958 – 1959

Style:  Modern

Architect:  McWayne & McLaughlin

Contractor:  Kuipers Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story rectangular brick, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on the south side of the center of Chamberlain. The entrance is along the east side of the building with a pink and yellow colored stone on each side of the portico. The north end of the building is slightly higher. There are seven bays of windows. The building has a flat roof line. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court.


See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Aurora County, Bon Homme CountyBuffalo CountyCharles Mix County, Clay County, Davison CountyDouglas CountyHanson CountyHutchinson CountyMcCook CountyTurner CountyUnion County and Yankton County.


History:  The county was created in 1875 Brule City was selected as the county seat in 1879 when the county was organized. The county occupied a building in Brule City. The county seat was moved to Chamberlain in 1881. The first courthouse was a rectangular shaped wood frame structure built in Chamberlain in 1902. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1958 to 1959 at a cost of $261,000.



County Courthouse – Chamberlain























County Circuit Court courtroom







Picture 1902 County Courthouse



Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2016