- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A sign detailing an 1885 hanging is on display again outside the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre, after being refurbished.

The sign tells of the hanging of James H. Bell, who was jailed for killing another man with a hatchet. A mob dragged Bell from the jail and hanged him from a ladder leaned against a flagpole. It was the only hanging recorded in county history.

The sign telling the story had been stained through the years by water from the courthouse sprinkler system. The Pierre-Fort Pierre Historic Preservation Commission removed the sign this past summer to be cleaned, sandblasted and repainted. It was reinstalled Monday, in a place away from the sprinklers.

The sign is one of several the commission is refurbishing or replacing through a $4,000 federal grant.


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