Sioux Falls: Chas. Pettibone & Co., 1890. 107pp. Original printed boards with red leather spine. Somewhat crudely rebacked with paper tape, hinged cracked. Free endpaper advertisements detached and reaffixed with tape. Moderate wear to edges and corners. Institutional blind stamp to title page, manuscript call numbers on two leaves. Light tanning and occasional wear to contents. Good plus. Item #598
First proper directory for the city of Pierre, South Dakota, founded in 1880, after a small city directory published in 1883. In the 1890 census the town boasted around 3,200 souls -- a number which did not increase appreciably until around 1940. Interestingly, the directory mentions the census numbers, lamenting that the census hasn't accurately recorded the grand population of the place, which really ought to be counted closer to 4,000 or more. Moreover, the publishers claim Pierre to be ideally situated and drawing the best citizens from all corners: "Pierre is fortunate in having attracted to herself a population comprising the very cream of Eastern brain and brawn, before whose enterprise and broad liberality no difficulties can stand." We locate two copies in institutions, at Yale and Minnesota Historical.