Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

In June 1905, the mayor of Deadwood and Lawrence County officials announced a gambling in Deadwood that would take effect in July, as reported by the New York Times. As…
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…
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…
Although he was elected governor in 1954 by a wide margin, decorated World War II veteran Joe Foss made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 1950 when he faced off against incumbent Attorney General…
In May 1912, the Rapid City Business Men’s club called a meeting to discuss the development of central organization to develop tourism in the region, as originally reported in The…
In mid-May 1937, tourists began arriving at Reptile Gardens. There was only one problem: the construction of the building was not complete. Not wanting to lose potential revenue, founder Earl Brockelsby…
In May 1900, the Homestake Mine produced $185,000 worth of gold ore every fifteen days, according to The Sumpter Miner. In order to maximize production at the mine, a new…
On May 2, 1943, Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie gave an impassioned speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Willkie spoke critically of individuals with a “get mine” attitude concerning…
On April 29 1868, the second Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed by several bands of Lakota and Dakota leaders. The treaty provided for “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation”…
On April 19th, 1893, over a hundred Lakota men, women and children, including many notable figures such as Red Cloud, Kicking Bear, and Short Bull, arrived in Chicago to participate…
In April 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt invited his friend Seth Bullock to visit him in London, England. In his autobiography, Roosevelt recalled their first meeting, in which Bullock was…
In April 1921, South Dakota Attorney General Byron Payne announced his intent to enforce South Dakota’s blue laws. Blue laws, also known as Sunday laws, prohibit certain activities on Sunday,…
In April 1956, a run-off election for a city commission seat in Newell turned out 75 percent of the town’s eligible voters. A total of 321 votes were cast in…
On March 18, 1930, voters in Rapid City denied a franchise for the Dakota Power Company, which would later become the Black Hills Power and Light Company. Frustrated by poor…
On March 15, 1904, the State Convention of the Socialist Party in South Dakota gathered in Sioux Falls to elect individuals to represent the party in the upcoming state elections.…
On March 11, 1914, the Carnegie Corporation, a charity established by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, notified the Rapid City Library’s Board of Trustees of its decision to award $12,500 for the…
During the first week of March 1934, U.S. Indian Affairs Commissioner John Collier met with delegations from 18 tribes in Rapid City to solicit feedback concerning the Indian Reorganization Act…
In the final days of February 1929, exactly one week before leaving office, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill allocating $250,000 to the ambitious task of carving the figures of…
On February 19, 1992, Rapid City aldermen Karen Bulman and Frank O’Grady held a meeting to discuss possible projects to occur over the next twenty years in Rapid City. As…
In February 1961, Rapid City planners advised renaming a new city park as Robbinsdale Park, which was formerly the city’s landfill. The Chairman of the Rapid City Planning Board Parks…
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