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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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First Ascents: Valentine McGillycuddy on Harney Peak

In nosing around the new book on life around Harney Peak we notice a photo of the tomb of Valentine McGillycuddy on Harney Peak (actually it’s just his ashes). In 1875 he was part of a team surveying the Dakotas. … Continue reading

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Book About History of Mount Rushmore/Harney Peak Area

Journeyofvisions.com is offering books and photographs about the history of Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore. For the record the above photo is the original Sylvan Lake Hotel that burned in 1934.

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Humor: Backside of Mount Rushmore

lifeitsownself.com has this view of the backside of Mount Rushmore. No wonder you can’t hike up there. If you look at the ad on the sign you will see whythe original poster created Presidents with buff dairy airs.

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Pine Beetles Devastating Harney Peak

The Rapid City Journal reports that pine mountain pine beetles are devastating Harney Peak. They are attempt to fight the beetles by thinning trees in the area.

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Tribes Seek Rennaming of Custer to Chief Crazy Horse State Park

Indian tribes are seeking to rename Custer State Park to Chief Crazy Horse State Park.

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Workers Proclaim Harney Granite in Good Shape As Rushmore Completes Cleaning in 2 Weeks

Keoland reports the first ever clean of the Mount Rushmore faces was completed earlier than expected — despite some shorter days caused by the record 107-108 heat.

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