Posted 2 years ago

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Spearfish, SD – Forest Service restoration specialists from Missoula, Montana, will be working with employees from the Black Hills National Forest to replace deteriorating logs and repair original stone masonry at the historic Hardy Guard Station.

The South Dakota Historic Preservation Office helped, in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, to get the Hardy Guard Station listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

The media is invited on Wednesday, October 18 to visit this station that was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew, which was compromised solely of World War I veterans.

The Guard Station consists of two log cabins, one log shop/garage, and two modern garages located on five acres of ponderosa pine forest in Lawrence County.

“The CCC made a tremendous impact on the Black Hills,” said Marissa Karchut, Acting Heritage Program Manager, Black Hills National Forest. “The projects of the CCC put thousands of young men to work improving public lands. These projects also taught the enrollees trades and skills that helped them get jobs after their time with the CCC. The Hardy Guard Station reflects the quality and hard work of the men of the CCC.”

Who:  The project is managed and supervised by the Black Hills National Forest, Northern Hills Ranger District. The Region 1 Historic Building Preservation Team from the Forest Service office in Missoula, MT will have specialists on site. The South Dakota State Trails Program contributed a portion of the funding to bring the restoration team to the Black Hills and to purchase materials for the project.

When: Wednesday, September 18 at 10 a.m.

Where: To reach Hardy Guard Station from Deadwood take Highway 85 southwest for approximately 21 miles. From Spearfish take Spearfish Canyon south to Highway 85. Turn west on 85 and continue to Hardy, approximately 10 miles. The guard station is located on the north side of Highway 85 and is marked with an entrance sign.

The Hardy Guard Station is used by employees of the State of South Dakota in the winter to maintain the snowmobile trail. It is also used year-round for various activities by the Forest Service and State. The station is not open to the public.

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