Old Minnehaha County Courthouse

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Old Minnehaha County Courthouse
Old Minnehaha County Courthouse is located in South Dakota
Old Minnehaha County Courthouse
Old Minnehaha County Courthouse is located in the United States
Old Minnehaha County Courthouse
LocationMain Ave. at 6th St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Coordinates43°33′6″N 96°43′43″W / 43.55167°N 96.72861°W / 43.55167; -96.72861Coordinates: 43°33′6″N 96°43′43″W / 43.55167°N 96.72861°W / 43.55167; -96.72861
Arealess than one acre
Built1890 (1890)
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference #73001749[1]
Added to NRHPMay 10, 1973

The Old Minnehaha County Courthouse, located at Main Avenue and 6th Street in Sioux Falls, is the former county courthouse of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. The courthouse, which was the seat of county government from 1890 to 1962, is one of the oldest buildings in Sioux Falls. The Romanesque Revival building was built from locally quarried quartzite, a common building material in Sioux Falls at the time. The three-story building features a tall clock tower over the front entrance. The building's doorways are surrounded by Roman archways; the second- and third-story windows are also arched, while the first-story windows are rectangular. The attic windows have decorative dormers aligned with the front walls.[2]

The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 1973.[1]

Old Courthouse Museum[edit]

The building is now operated as the Old Courthouse Museum by the Siouxland Heritage Museums Alliance. There are three floors of exhibits about area history and culture, including railroads, Native American artistry and culture, life traveling on the prairie, county towns, the American flag and chairs.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Putz, Paul (March 30, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Old Minnehaha County Courthouse". National Park Service. Retrieved October 25, 2014. Accompanied by photos.

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