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Historic Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower Centennial Celebration

100 Years of Friendship Tower

Celebrating 100 Years

July 6, 2019 - July 6, 2019
Friendship Tower - Mt Roosevelt Monument - Deadwood, SD

Friendship Tower – Mt Roosevelt Monument – Deadwood, SD Courtesy of Deadwood History, Inc., Adams Museum Collection


Background: The Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower was constructed in 1919 to honor a great friendship. Seth Bullock, the famous Deadwood sheriff, US Marshall, and Forest Supervisor, built the tower with the Society of Black Hills Pioneers as a memorial to President Theodore Roosevelt, his close friend and creator of the US Forest Service. Bullock also helped develop the Black Hills communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Belle Fourche.

Event Details: July 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Friendship Tower on Mt Roosevelt. The Official 100th Anniversary Ceremony will take place on July 6, and is to include local delegates, a presentation of colors, masonic cornerstone re-dedication and patriotic music. Parking is very limited, so we ask that everyone meet at the Deadwood Welcome Center for free trolley service to the trail head. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Complimentary lunch will be served after the program. All are welcome to join in celebration of 100 years of Friendship Tower!



Beginning at 10 AM:
Emcee: Honorable David Ruth, Mayor of Deadwood
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem: Banner Girls, Leeds, North Dakota
Invocation: Father Michael Johnson
Opening Remarks: Teddy Roosevelt/Seth Bullock – History of the Tower
Remarks: Jim Hagen, S.D. Department of Tourism
Remarks: Larry Rhoden, Lt. Governor of South Dakota
Remarks: Brian Ferebee, United States Forest Service Regional Forester (invited)
Masonic Cornerstone Rededication Ceremony: Grand Lodge of South Dakota
God Bless America – Deadwood Municipal Band/Banner Girls
Lunch to follow

Related Events:
Gordy Pratt as Seth Bullock,  July 6,  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at Centennial Celebration and on Main Street, Deadwood
Black Hills Runners Club, race July 7, 9:00 AM
Black Hills Volkssport Association planning Volksmarch for July 13
USFS Moonwalk, July 13, start at 7:00 PM

Funding and Support: Provided in part by the South Dakota Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state legislature, Deadwood Historic Preservation, Deadwood Revitalization, Black Hills National Forest Service, City of Deadwood and Deadwood Business Improvement District 8.

Event Contact Information

Email: brittany@deadwood.org
Phone: 6055781876

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