Kingsbury County Courthouse

Courthouse PhotosKingsbury County was created February 2, 1880. The County was named after George W. and T.A. Kingsbury, brothers who were both prominent in territorial affairs. De Smet was chosen as the Kingsbury County seat on November 2, 1880. On May 30, 1882, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Keep presented the site for the courthouse.

The east wing or everything east of the courthouse drivethru was built in 1898. The courthouse budget was not to exceed $4,000; meanwhile, many of the Kingsbury County government agencies were housed in other De Smet buildings. M.E. Bush was awarded a contract to build the west wing of the courthouse in January 1898. Mr. Bush had a budget of $14,800 ($44.00 was added for use of Springfield brick n the building’s interior and $225 was added to bring the east building’s roof to the height of the west building’s roof). Flowers and trees were planted and curved walkways were added to the grounds. The courthouse was finished January 1899. By January 17th, the courthouse was fully functioning with new furniture in the offices.

In April 1981, Rysavy Hartman Associates began a phased restoration/renovation of the courthouse. New “old style” doors and door frames were placed in both parts of the building. Wood moldings and trim have been duplicated throughout the facility to maintain historic significance. The Kingsbury County Courthouse is also listed on the Federal Historical Register.

De Smet City Government

The City of De Smet was platted by CN&W Railroad in 1880 and was incorporated in 1883. It functions under the Aldermanic form of government with a seven-member council, consisting of a mayor who is elected at large and six aldermen. Two Aldermen are elected from each of the three city wards and each is elected for a two-year term.

The City Council meets in regular session on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM in City Hall. Special meetings are scheduled as needed throughout the year and are posted 24 hours in advance. The meetings are open to the public. Individuals or groups wishing to address the Council should contact City Hall in advance of the meeting date to schedule a time on the agenda.


Parks /City Buildings, Museum/Library, Budget & Finance, Restricted Use Site, LIW/Old Settlers Day Committee

Streets & Alleys, Water & Sewer, Zoning Board (Zoning Officer)

Streets & Alleys, Law Enforcement Board, Fire Dept.

Restricted Use Site, Zoning Board (Zoning Officer), Safety Committee, Tree Board

Museum/Library, Parks/City Buildings, Hospital, Budget & Finance, LIW/Old Settlers Day Committee

Water & Sewer, Armory Committee, Safety Committee, Zoning Board