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On December 31, 2016, Pennington County fire fighters burned down the vacant tourist shops in Rockerville as part of a training exercise.
On December 31, 2016, Pennington County fire fighters burned down the vacant tourist shops in Rockerville as part of a training exercise.
Chris Marshall
January 3, 2017

Historic Rockerville Structures Burned in Training Exercise

At the request of property owner Pat Hall, the Pennington County Fire Department burned the remaining tourist shops in Rockerville, reports KOTA News. A recent fire served as incentive to offer the buildings as a training exercise for area fire fighters.

Rockerville was an early mining town in the Black Hills. With Highway 16 then running directly through the center of town, the completion of Mount Rushmore in the 1950s brought numerous tourists to the gift shops Rockerville. When Highway 16 was later rerouted around the town, the influx of tourists halted, rendering Rockerville a ghost town.

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