Pierre's First School

Pierre's First School (HM29LT)

Location: Pierre, SD 57501 Hughes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 22.247', W 100° 21.847'

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A one-room 14'x20' wooden building on the east side of Coteau Street served as Pierre's first schoolhouse.
Eighteen students attended in 1881, closing when the public school opened in October of that same year. The little building was moved to various locations before the East Pierre Woman's Club worked with the city to locate the schoolhouse permanently in Steamboat Park in 1966. The Club restored the building as a tribute to Pierre's educational institutions and their students.

Capitol City Questers were able to restore the school with funding from a local citizen and a preservation grant. In 2008 staff from the City of Pierre volunteered to reside and reshingle Pierre's first school. In addition, the exterior was painted to capture the school's historic appearance.

Removing a structure from its original historic setting is less than ideal, but is often the only choice that keeps a building from being destroyed. Future generations can still enjoy and learn from a relocated building. Moving a building is no easy task. Small wood-frame buildings such as the schoolhouse can easily be relocated. Brick or stone structures offer a challenge since they are surprisingly fragile and heavy at the same time.
HM NumberHM29LT
Placed ByThe South Dakota State Historical Society, a Preserve America Grant, and the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad Corporation
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Date Added Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 391316 N 4913961
Decimal Degrees44.37078333, -100.36411667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.247', W 100° 21.847'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 14.82" N, 100° 21' 50.82" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 710 W Dakota Ave, Pierre SD 57501, US
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