(S.D.)- Mount Roosevelt Celebration On Saturday Near Deadwood
(Chadrad News)- The Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower near Deadwood turned 100 years old yesterday and the historic occasion is being recognized tomorrow, Saturday July 6, with a 10:00 rededication ceremony presided over by South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden. The celebration will closely emulate the original dedication that was held on July 4, 1919 with then Governor Peter Norbeck presiding.
Joining Lt Gov Rhoden in delivering remarks will be Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every and Deadwood Mayor David Ruth, Mayor of Deadwood. Other program highlights include the National Anthem and God Bless America sung by the Banner Girls of Leeds, North Dakota, a Masonic Cornerstone Rededication Ceremony performed by the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, and historic interpreters portraying Theodore Roosevelt and Seth Bullock will also be there.
There is a short half-mile hike from the Mount Roosevelt trailhead parking lot to the ceremony site at the base of the Friendship Tower, but transportation will be provided for those need special assistance. Subway of Lead will provide free lunches to the first 200 people after the program at the Trailhead after the program.
Among the many partners and agencies that have worked together to plan centennial celebration are the Deadwood Business Improvement District, US Forest Service, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Deadwood Historic Preservation, Masons of South Dakota, the Northern Hills Recreation Association, Lawrence County Search & Rescue, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and the cities of Deadwood and Lead.
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