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Perkins County


Perkins County is named for Henry Perkins, who was a State senator from Sturgis in 1908.         


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Adams County, North Dakota

E – Corson County and Ziebach County

S – Meade County

W – Butte County and Harding County


Created:  November 3, 1908                  Map of South Dakota highlighting Perkins County

County Seat:               

Lemmon  1909

Bison       1909 – present


County Courthouse – Bison


Location:  100 East Main Street / Coleman Avenue ( 3rd Avenue )

Built:  1969 – 1970

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hengel Associates

Contractor:  F & J Construction Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story modern red-orange colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Bison. The entrance on the south side has a large glass window over the doorway. A wide concrete border goes around the roof line. The base of the building is dark brown brick at the basement level. In the interior, there is an entrance lobby. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the northeast corner of the building. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial District and the County Magistrate Court. 


See:  The 4th Judicial Circuit includes Butte CountyCorson County, Dewey CountyHarding CountyLawrence CountyMeade County and Ziebach County.


History:  The county was created in 1909 and Lemmon was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Bison in 1909 and the first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure constructed in same year. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1969 to 1970.



County Courthouse – Bison













County Circuit Court courtroom











Picture 1909 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2023