Old Madison - First County Seat

Old Madison - First County Seat (HM1RFV)

Location: Madison, SD 57042 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 57.851', W 97° 4.178'

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Lake County was started October, 1873 when Herman N. Luce and John T. Hare, the first qualified County Commissioners, met at the cabin of William Lee near the site of old Madison, to organize. William Van Eps platted the old town of Madison June 1874 and in the fall of 1874 the County Seat was located there by election. Old Madison was County Seat until the railroad came to the present site of Madison in 1880. The safe and county records were secretly moved at night, changing the County Seat to New Madison without an election. William Lee was the first postmaster, appointed in March 1874.
Year Placed1955
Placed ByLake County Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 654859 N 4869706
Decimal Degrees43.96418333, -97.06963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 57.851', W 97° 4.178'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 57' 51.06" N, 97° 4' 10.68" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Hwy 29, Madison SD 57042, US
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