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Deuel County


Deuel County is named for Jacob S Deuel, who was an early settler and owner of a sawmill.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grant County

E – Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota and Lincoln County, Minnesota

S – Brookings County

W – Hamlin County and Codington County 


Created:  April 5, 1862                           Map of South Dakota highlighting Deuel County

County Seat:

Gary            1862 – 1890

Clear Lake  1890 – present


County Courthouse – Clear Lake


Location:  408 4th Street West / 5th Avenue South

Built:   1916 – 1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  A M Wold Construction Company


Description: The building faces north and is a three story square gray colored stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located ion landscaped grounds on the west side of the center of Clear Lake. The building has a protruding center portion at the main entrance. Above the doorway is a small balcony on the second story. In the interior is a central dome with stained glass and murals painted by Odin J Oyen of Madison, Wisconsin. There is a double staircase ascending to the third story. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the west side of the third story and has a large mural by Oden J Oyen behind the judge’s bench. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court. 


See:  The architect Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  Odin J Oyen of Madison, Wisconsin painted murals in the courthouses located in Iowa – Osceola County: Michigan – Shiawassee County; North Dakota – Cass CountySouth Dakota –  Brown County and Yankton County (demolished) ; and Wisconsin – La Crosse (demolished), Lafayette County, Langlade County and Manitowoc County.


See:  The 3rd Judicial Circuit includes Beadle CountyBrookings CountyClark CountyCodington CountyGrant CountyHamlin CountyHand CountyJerauld County, Kingsbury County, Lake CountyMiner CountyMoody County and Sanborn County.  


History:  The county was created in 1862 and Gary was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in Gary in 1862 paid for by the Gary & Chicago Railway Company. The county seat was moved to Clear Lake in 1890. The second courthouse was built in 1891 with the assistance of local labor. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917.



County Courthouse – Clear Lake

































County Circuit Court courtroom























Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2018