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Nine days after the 1972 Rapid City and Black Hills Flood, First Lady Pat Nixon visited Rapid City to attend a memorial service, as originally reported by the New York…
 Visit the Rapid City Public Library and Black Hills Knowledge Network's Biblioboard collection of photographs featuring commercial damage, residential damage, and community damage caused by the flood.
Forty-five years ago on June 9, 1972, torrential rains caused the Canyon Lake Dam to fail and sent water rushing through Rapid CIty. More than ten inches of rainfall over…
Elected when he was just 28 years old, Don Barnett was Rapid City's youngest mayor when Canyon Lake Dam failed on June 9, 1972. The 1972 Flood would be a defining…
A recent study conducted by a consultant has updated where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated flood-plain is around Rapid City and, as a result, over 200 homes no longer…
Rapid City remembers the tragedy and heroism of the 1972 flood on its 44th anniversary, reports the Rapid City Journal. On the evening of June 9, 1972 the Rapid City…
On December 1, 2015, Rapid City Public Libraries celebrates the opening of its Local History Room. The library has maintained a collection focused on South Dakota and the Black Hills.…
Around two dozen walkers met for the 4th Annual Black Hills Flood Memory Walk on June 14. The walk, organized by the Friends of Rapid City Parks, remembers those lost…
As a result of the 1972 flood, over 1,335 homes and 5,000 vehicles were destroyed. The cost of damage totaled over $160 million in 1972 dollars. Here, you can see…
The force of the flood waters were so strong, homes were lifted off their foundations and moved hundreds of yards away and approximately 5,000 cars were destroyed. Here, we see…
The Black Hills Flood of 1972 changed Rapid City. Businesses and homes had to be rebuilt. While rebuilding, the city also looked at what could be done to prevent another…
The Black Hills Flood of 1972 was caused by 15 inches of rainfall in just over six hours. Many homes and businesses were damaged. The picture above is of a…
The Black Hills Flood of 1972 devestated homes and businesses in Rapid City. The above photo shows Ford Motors, where the water piled cars on each other. In total, the…
FOURTH ANNUAL FLOOD MEMORY WALK TO VISIT MEMORIAL PARK RAPID CITY ­ -- On Sunday, June 14, Friends of Rapid City Parks will host its fourth annual Memory Walk to…
On June 9, 1972, heavy rain fall over six hours deposited more than ten inches of rain in the Rapid City area. Rapid Creek and other streams overflowed. At Canyon…
Following soon after the plan to expand the parking lot at West Memorial Park, more parkland is marked for re-purposing. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board September Agenda contains plans…
The Rapid City Flood Memorial, located within Memorial Park, stands as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic flood of 1972. Below are the names of… li>
  • Richard Gary Rippe
  • Mary A. Robbins
  • Laura A. Robinson
  • Tina Robinson
  • Elmer Henry Rohrs
  • Bernnie Neil Roose
  • Glenn Alan Root
  • William Harold Rough
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  • Cheryl Ann (Roth) Runestad
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    This Saturday, June 7th, the Friends of Rapid City Parks will host the third annual Memory Walk to commemorate the 1972 flood and to celebrate the park system that grew…
    A flick of a smart phone over interpretive signs along the Leonard Swanson Bike Path will take viewers to the past with first hand audio and video recollections of the 1972 Flood,…
    A flick of a smart phone over interpretive signs along theLeonard Swanson Bike Path will take viewers to the past with firsthand audioand video recollections of the 1972 Flood, or…
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