History Day on June 14-15 to celebrate 130th anniversary of Meade County
In recognition of the formation of Meade County in 1889, this year's Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society's Fifth Annual History Day on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, will celebrate the 130th anniversary of Meade County and its early post offices and towns.
History Day kicks off Friday with a social from 4:30-7 p.m. at Sturgis City Auditorium.
Booths with information about early Meade County post offices and communities, many of which no longer exist, will be open to the public during the Frday social. Area residents with a connection to these communities will share photographs and stories.
The booths at City Auditorium will again be open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Also scheduled for Saturaday is a parade beginning at 10 a.m. down Sturgis Main Street.
Following the parade, two talks by Newell native and former Black Hills area newspaper reporter and editor Tim Velder will be held at The Local, which is across from City Auditorium at 1064 Main Street. His 11 a.m. presentation is titled "Remember the Titans: Cold War on the Plains." According to Velder, the United States was defended in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Titan missile which was prior to the development of the Minuteman Missile Program. Sites were built in Sturgis, Hermosa and Wicksville, on a fast and expensive schedule, but lasted only a short time before they were removed from service.
Velder's 1 p.m. presentation is about abandoned towns of Eastern Butte and Central Meade Counties. "During the final homesteading land rush of the Great Plains, many communities sprung up on the prairies north of the Black Hills," he said. "These included postal stations, stores, saloons, schools and other businesses." Those attending will learn more about some of these communities, from Acme to Zeona, and the people who worked to put them on the map.
History Day is possible due, in part, to the following Historical Society sponsors: Arby's, City of Sturgis, Da Bus, Davenport Family Real Estate, Elk Creek Steakhouse, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill & Pub, KBHB Radio, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse, Papa John's, Sidehack Saloon, Sturgis Photo & Gifts, The HomeSlice Group, The Knuckle Saloon, The Oasis Bar, Wanda's Kitchen and Weimer's Diner & Donuts.
Taste of Sturgis a success
More than 300 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Sturgis - a fundraiser for the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society - held Jan. 11, 2019, at Sturgis City Auditorium.
The People’s Choice Award, as determined by those in attendance, went to Elk Creek Steakhouse, first; Weimer’s Diner and Donuts, second; and Wanda’s Kitchen, third.
Also serving bites of food were Arby’s, Grocery Mart, Jambonz Grill and Pub, La Risa Mexican Cuisine, Loud American Roadhouse, Papa John’s, Sidehack Saloon and The Knuckle Saloon. The Oasis provided a cash bar.
In addition to the businesses listed above, Historical Society sponsors include Boulder Canyon Station Convention Center, City of Sturgis, Da Bus, Davenport Family Real Estate, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, KBHB Radio, Sturgis Photo and Gifts, and The Home Slice Group. To view photos from this event, click on the link, below.
To view photos from Historical Society-sponsored events, click on the following link: