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A Depression-era lookout tower on Harney Peak is being restored.
A Depression-era lookout tower on Harney Peak is being restored.
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October 3, 2014

Harney Peak Lookout Tower Being Restored

The Harney Peak Lookout Tower at the highest point in the Black Hills is getting a facelift, South Dakota Public Radio reports.

Harney Peak sits at the core of the Black Hills uplift and has likely been the highest point in the hills for millions of years.   For Lakota the peak is a sacred place. White settlers named it for William S. General Harney.  The lookout tower on top of Harney Peak was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939.  

Today that tower is crumbling – and a new effort is underway to restore it.

Listen to interviews with those doing the restoration work.


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