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Fall River County


Fall River County is named for the Fall River which flows through the county.


Surrounding county Courthouses: 

N – Custer County

E – Shannon County

S – Dawes County, Nebraska and Sioux County, Nebraska

W – Niobrara County, Wyoming


Created:  April 3, 1883                           Map of South Dakota highlighting Fall River County

County Seat:

Hot Springs  1883 – present


County Courthouse – Hot Springs


Location:  906 North River Street / Battle Mountain Avenue

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Charles P Brown

Contractor:  Fred T Evans & Company


Description: The building faces east and is a four story native red colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hot Springs. The building has a square central tower with an arched entrance on the second story. Stone stairs rise to the second story.  The top of the tower has long vertical niches. Smaller towers with high windows are on the north and south corners. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court.


See:  The 7th Judicial Circuit includes Custer County, Pennington County and Shannon County.


History:  The county was created in 1883 and Hot Springs was selected as the county seat. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county. The contractor Fred T Evans owned the land on which the courthouse was erected. The cost of construction was $23,000 with an additional $3,750 for the jail. While the courthouse was being constructed, court was held in the Opera House. The courthouse serves Oglala Lakota County ( Shannon County ) which consists almost entirely of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Matters related to the Oglala Sioux Tribal members, however, are handled by the Tribal Court in Pine Ridge.



County Courthouse – Hot Springs





















County Circuit Court courtroom







Photos taken 2009 and 2015