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Union county museum, Elk Point, S.Dakota
Posted by: Dennis Johnson Date: June 29, 2000 at 10:11:22
In Reply to: Re: SD state census 1875/85/95, etc. to 1945 by glenda Kluckman of 144

The museum is housed in an old business building, and has not been there for too many years. It is, however, across the street from the county courthouse, which is where land was registered. My grandfather probably went there when he came to Union county from Denmark in 1890. However, when I asked about documents there, I was told that they had sent them to the state archives in Pierre, a 250 mile drive.
On a wall of the courthouse is a six foot tall map of Union county. It shows every parcel of land and who owned it. I believe the time frame is 1910. At the state archives in Pierre there are several years available for these land atlases. I would try yahoo/google and type in "south dakota historical society" and go from there.
FYI: Elk Point has a new courthouse, as the old one started to tip over. Despite their being miles from the Missouri River, the town sits on 100 percent river sand, and the really old buildings tend to tip over if the footings do not go down far enough. The sand is 100 feet deep. Elk Point also has a new school and grain elevator for the same reason. That doesn't have anything to do with your question but I thought it would be of interest.
E-mail me if you have any questions as I am going to go there tomorrow.
bye, dj...who is fifty feet out of Union county.


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