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Hand County

Hand County is named for George G Hand, who served as secretary of the Dakota Territory from 1874 to 1883.


Surrounmding County Courthouses: 

N – Faulk County

E – Spink County and Beadle County

S – Jearauld County and Buffalo County

W – Hyde County


Created:  January 8, 1873                      Map of South Dakota highlighting Hand County

County Seat:

Miller  1882


County Courthouse – Miller


Location:  315 West 1st Avenue / West 4th Street

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John G Ralston of Waterloo, Iowa

Contractor:  Currie Construction Company of Waterloo, Iowa


Description: The building faces east and is a stately rectangular three story gray colored stone structure. The buiilding is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Miller. The entrance on the east side has a column on each side and a wide header above with a clock at the top section. The north and south ends project slightly. The roof line of the building is a slightly darker color and the roof line is flat. In the interior, the main feature of the third floor is the County Circuit Court courtroom located at the northwest side, with a seating capacity of 200 people. The courtroom has lovely stain glass panels in the ceiling. The oak woodwork is abundant and over the main doors into the courtroom is an art glass transom with the word “Courtroom”. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hand County Courthouse


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


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Miller was selected as the county seat in 1882 when the county was organized. The county occupied rental premises. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure designed by T D Allen and built by J C Yester and A D Hall at Broadway and First Street in 1890. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926.



County Courthouse – Miller



























County Circuit Court courtroom















Photos taken 2007 and 2016