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Lawrence County, South Dakota

Photo: James A. Corbin House, ca. 1918, 345 Main Street, Spearfish, SD. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Photographed by user:Jerrye and Roy Klotz, MD, 2013, (own work) [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2013.

Lawrence County Photo


Lawrence County administrative offices are located at 90 Sherman Street, Deadwood, SD 57732; phone: 605-578-1941.

The County is named for Colonel John Lawrence [1839-1889], one of the first settlers of Sioux Falls. Lawrence became involved in politics holding various positions including membership on the Dakota Territorial Legislative Council.

The Dakota Legislature passed an act to create the county in 1874; a treaty of 1877 with the Sioux Indians ceded the Black Hills to the U.S. thereby enabling the formal organization of Lawrence County along with Pennington and Custer. Butte County was taken off in 1883 and Meade County in 1889 reducing Lawrence to less than half its original size. [www.lawrence.sd.us, accessed October, 2014]