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Jerauld County


Jerauld County is named for H A Jerauld of Canton who was a legislator in 1883.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hand County and Beadle County

E – Sanborn County

S – Aurora County and Brule County

W – Buffalo County


Created:  April 17, 1883                          Map of South Dakota highlighting Jerauld County

County Seat:

Wessington Springs  1883 – present


County Courthouse – Wessington Springs


Location:  205 South Wallace Street / 1st Street Southeast

Built:   1930 – 1931

Style:   Art Deco

Architect:  Perkins & McWayne of Sioux Falls

Contractor:  Majerus Company of Watertown


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story concrete, red colored brick and asphalt structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wessington Springs. The base is gray colored concrete. The center portion of the building is higher than the south and north wings. On the east front, concrete-work surrounds the windows. The entrance has a concrete protruding portico. Broad gray colored stonework runs along the south and north roof lines. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the central corridor runs east-west. The east leg of the corridor houses the main entry on the first story and the west leg houses a double return staircase. The interior is elaborately decorated with beige-colored marble wainscoting. The plaster above the wainscoting is struck to appear like stone. The ornamental plaster cornice on first and second stories is an Art Nouveau-style with a border of high-relief vessels containing floral arrangements. The vessels are connected by ribbons in a four-pointed, star-shaped pattern and separated by recessed inverted triangles.  The third story corridors are lined with recessed, paneled wood wainscoting. The ornamental plaster cornice is Art Deco. The third story County Circuit Court courtroom is lined with a recessed, paneled wood wainscoting and the doors and paneled area behind the judge’s bench are topped with flat entablature moldings. The courtroom railing is composed of tightly spaced turned-wood balusters with Colonial-Revival finials rising from the newel posts. There are original furnishings. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial District and the County Magistrate Court. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jerauld County Courthouse


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


History:  The county was created in 1883  and Wessington Springs was selected as the count seat. The first courthouse was designed and built by Samuel Marlenee in 1885 at a cost of $2,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $131,457. Kelley Plumbing of Aberdeen did the plumbing and heating and Johnson Service Company did the temperature control. Other contracts were awarded to Crane Plumbing for plumbing fixtures, Carl Hassenstein for brick, Western Venetian Blind Company for linoleum, G & G Company for electric fixtures, Stewart Iron Works for jail fixtures and Will A Beach & Company for furniture.



County Courthouse – Wessington Springs  

















County Circuit Court courtroom







Photos taken 2006 and 2016