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Feds Rename Harney Peak To Black Elk Peak

In a move nobody expected the U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted Thursday, August 11, to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. The discussion has gone on for years and even the South Dakota Board as well as the … Continue reading

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Harney Peak Crews Clearing Beetle Damaged Trees

Officials note they are still clearing mountain pine beetle infestation dead trees in the Black Elk Wilderness around Harney Peak. The tree easily fall after being damaged. In 2015 more than 1,500 trees were cleared.

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US Board of Geographic Names Formally Considers Change of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak or Thunder Peak

The United States Board of Geographic Names formally discussion a motion on April 14, 2016, to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak or Thunder Peak. The motion to do this was ulitmately withdrawn. Below are the minutes of the … Continue reading

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South Dakota Board of Geographic Names Votes Against Renaming Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls)

The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names has voted 4-1 against renaming Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls). The Board on May 7 denied a request to rename the mountain Black Elk Peak. Board members noted there was … Continue reading

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Tallest Mountain East of the Rockies Debate

The Rapid City Journal has joined in on the “highest east of the Rockies” claim for Harney Peak. The article acknowledges that Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet is higher than 7,242-foot high Harney. It does note that the process that … Continue reading

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South Dakota Board on Geographic Names Considering Proposal to Rename Harney Peak To Black Elk Peak

The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is having hearings on whether to recommend that the U.S. rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. The board is seeking to make the recommendation by July 1. The state Board will take … Continue reading

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Proposal to Rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak

Basil Brave Heart, who describes himself a Lakota elder, has proposed Harney Peak be renamed Black Elk Peak. Brave Heart considers the Harney name offensive because namesake William S. Harney was involved in a the 1855 Battle of Ash Hollow … Continue reading

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Repairs Begin on Harney Peak Tower

A group of 19 volunteers using materials brought in by mules have begun making repairs to the Harney Peak Tower. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Listen to the report on KOTA.

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Warning About Damaged Trees Falling on North and West Sides of Harney Peak

Hill Canyon Ranger District in Custer has issued about falling trees damaged by pine beetles that occurs on the north and west sides of Harney Peak. via Falling trees a danger in Black Hills forest | The Daily Republic | … Continue reading

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Preservationist Buy Valentine McGillycuddy – first white climber of Harney Peak

Preservationists in Rapid City have bought the house of Valentine McGillycuddy who was the first white person to climb Harney Peak.

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