Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DHS1915 Commencement Views by Jerry Bryant

I am very pleased  to have Jerry Bryant remain a frequent contributor for the web site. He continues to research and share interesting and noteworthy historical information.

DHS1915 was housed in the two school buildings built on the high ground after the 1883 Deadwood flood where the current school building now stands at 716 Main Street and the end of Pine Street.  The front main building was replaced by the current building in 1924.  Dr. Howe led a very contentious fight and city vote for the necessary $250,000 bond issue. See 1924 Deadwood School posting.  The DHS1915 Commencement was held in the Deadwood Theater which burned down in 1952. 

The rear second building remained the back portion of the high school. The top floor was the memorable study hall and library.  Sadly this old portion of the school burned down in 1985 by two youth's arson.  The 1924 building was saved and remains in service today.

Fires have devastated Deadwood for it's entire history.

Following are Jerry Bryant's scans of the DHS1915 Commencement:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Deadwood View from Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel

SNEAK PEEK! Just one of the "suite" views from Deadwood Mountain Grand's all new boutique hotel! We have grand announcements about the hotel coming soon - so stay posted! In the meantime, make sure to book reservations for any upcoming trips to Deadwood. We are accepting reservations for April 2012, and on!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New South Dakota Flag Design Proposal by South Dakota Magazine.com

A New Flag for South Dakota

JAN 24, 2012

By Bernie Hunhoff
South Dakota needs a state flag, and this week more than 80 of the 105 lawmakers introduced a bill to adopt a design. (I should make a concession that may surprise some South Dakota Magazinereaders — I work "nights" as a state legislator from Yankton, and I am one of the sponsors.)
You’re thinking we already have a flag, and in a sense we do. For years, our Great Seal has doubled as a flag symbol. We all like the seal — which shows a riverboat, a farmer and wheat fields — but a seal is not a flag.
The United States of America has a seal, but we also love the Stars and Stripes, and Old Glory unifies us as a people. Texans have a Great Seal, but they proudly fly the Lone Star.
South Dakota had a real flag more than 100 years ago. A sunburst on a bright sky blue background was created in 1909. But somewhere along the line, an efficient bureaucrat decided to fill the backside of the flag with the seal. Then another bureaucrat decided it was too cumbersome to print the seal on one side and the flag on the other, so he dropped the flag symbol . . .
See South Dakota Magazine.com for complete article and forum to comment.