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Stanley County


Stanley County is named for General David Stanley, who was the Fort Sully Commandant.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dewey County and Sully County

E – Sully County and Hughes County

S – Lyman CountyJones County and Haakon County

W – Haakon County


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

County Seat:                

Fort Pierre  1889 – present


County Courthouse – Fort Pierre


Location:   8 East 2nd Avenue / 1st Street ( Highway 83 )

Built:  1970 – 1971

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Meese Peterson & Foss Inc.

Contractor:  Kelly Construction of Pierre


Description: The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick and concrete rectangular structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fort Pierre. The entrances are recessed and the windows are vertical. The main entrance is located in the center of the south side. The roof line is flat. In the interior are murals and the County Circuit Court courtroom. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 6th Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court. 


Note:  During construction of the courthouse, Leidholt Cooling & Heating of Pierre did the mechanical and Titze Electric of Fort Pierre did the electrical.;


See:  The 6th Judicial Circuit includes Bennett CountyGregory County, Haakon CountyHughes CountyHyde County, Jackson CountyJones County, Lyman CountyMellette CountyPotter County, Sully County, Todd County and Tripp County


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Fort Pierre was selected as the county seat in 1890 when the county was organized. The county rented space and then built a small hall as the first courthouse. The second courthouse was a two story brick and concrete structure designed by Joseph A Schwarz and constructed in 1907 at First Street and Main Avenue. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1970 to 1971.



County Courthouse – Fort Pierre























County Circuit Court courtroom











Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2015