by Norma KraemerLCHS President
Forest Service archaeologist Marissa Karchut gave awonderful presentation on the history and restoration
of the Friendship Tower atop Mount Roosevelt.
After everyone hiked down to the parking lot we ate our lunches and then headed downhill to the site of Deadwood Dick's cabin. LCHS member Michael Runge, the Deadwood Archivist, gave a thorough history of the Pine Crest Campground and Deadwood Dick's cabin complete with visual props that worked in a rustic setting.
The caravan headed out to the parking lot of the old Roo Ranch along Boulder Canyon, where Jerry Bryant discussed the short-lived Deadwood Harness Racing Track. Then I talked about the first plane to fly at Deadwood in 1912, taking off from the same hay meadow as the racetrack and landing at the rodeo grounds in Deadwood.
|Tour participants explore Barker's Cave, perched on|
the side of Whitewood Canyon Creek.
A good time was had by all. One man signing in at the start reported that he had given up Sunday football to bring his family on the tour. I suspect he didn't regret his decision to see the gorgeous fall leaves and scenery that graced the entire trip.
Now we need to plan where we are going for the Spring Tour!