SD-005 Sandstone Architecture of Hot Springs, SD A


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A piece of art itself, the building was constructed of pink sandstone mined four miles from town at Evans Quarry.

Sandstone became the building block of Hot Springs, coming in a variety of colors including white, pink and tan. The Fall River County Courthouse, the VA Center with the VA Staircase leading to it, and the Minnekahta Block, a massive business edifice, all demonstrate the grandeur and pride of early Hot Springs as does the State Soldiers Home, a beautiful three-story structure of grey sandstone with a double verandah.

People still come to Hot Springs to swim in the very waters enjoyed at the turn of the century. Picturesque streetscapes lined with nearly 50 sandstone structures are a memorial to the early builders of Hot Springs. One of these is the smallest union depot in the world.

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