Tag Archives: South Dakota

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

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Tagged , | 2 Comments

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.

Posted in General | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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.

Tagged | Leave a comment

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.

Tagged , | 2 Comments