The first Minnehaha Courthouse was finished in 1893. Built by Wallace A. Dow it was said to be the largest courthouse between Chicago and Denver. The building is constructed of native Sioux Quartzite with slate stairs, granite pillars, stained glass windows and tiled fireplaces. Also notable is the 16 large murals painted by Ole Running between 1915-1917 for the sum of $500.00.
Used for county business until 1962 when it became too small it was turned into The Old Courthouse Museum in 1974. Today there are three levels open to the public where you can view the history of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. The restored courtroom and the law library are also available for rent for special occasions.
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