Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mount Roosevelt

The Friendship Tower c.1919

spiral stairway to the lookout

Harney Peak

rock fields

Just north of Deadwood, follow the gravel forest service road to the sign - Mount Roosevelt picnic area. Take the 3/4 mile loop trail to the top where you will find a great view all around. We saw Bear Butte to the northeast, Harney Peak to the south, Belle Fourche lake to the north. It was hazy on the horizon on this day, but on a clear day you can supposedly see Devil's Tower to the west.

Mount Roosevelt elevation 5689'. The stone Friendship Tower was built in 1919 by Deadwood Sheriff, Seth Bullock, as a dedication to President Theodore Roosevelt, his close friend of many years. Bullock wanted to create a memorial of his friend’s life and a place where people could view wide open spaces that both Bullock and Roosevelt had become so fond of during their lives.

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