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D.H. McVay was commissioned to create the statue of General Logan for a sum of $150.
D.H. McVay was commissioned to create the statue of General Logan for a sum of $150. photo
July 20, 2017

IN HISTORY: Statue of General John A. Logan Dedicated at Hot Springs Veterans Home

On July 23, 1894 a statue of American political leader and soldier John A. Logan was dedicated at the Hot Springs Veterans Home. Fred Evans, local entrepreneur and developer of the eponymous Evans Plunge, provided sandstone for the statue to D.H. McVay who was commissioned to create the statue for a sum of $150.

The Veterans Home in Hot Springs was built in 1889, just a few years prior to the dedication of the statue. The Dakota Territorial Legislature appropriated $45,000 to build the home, and construction began the same year. Originally used to support qualifying veterans and their families, the building is still used today as administrative and recreational purposes.

General Logan is best-known for his efforts in establishing Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) as a national holiday. In his role as  commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, Logan established the day as a time to decorate t0he graves of Union soldiers with flowers in 1868. By the beginning of the 20th century, the holiday was inclusive of all veterans whose lives were lost during military service.

Learn more about the history of Hot Springs as well as the Hot Springs VA on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

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