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Road Work and Dedication Ceremony



Although we don't have a firm date yet, we are planning a dedication ceremony to thank the partners and Friends who have worked and donated to the road project.  We are planning this event for early this summer of 2020, after the National Guard does some final road work. 

For the second year in a row, units of the National Guard worked on a mile section of the Sanson Ranch Road (266 Street) to improve it from a two-track into a road meeting Custer County and DENR specifications. Last summer, members of the 220th Engineer Company out of Festus, Missouri spent six days installing culverts, improving drainage along the ditches, and raising the height of the roadbed in several locations. The Friends of Wind Cave National Park played a critical role by providing the materials (gravel, riprap, and culverts) that the Guard used to improve the road. Work on the road continued through the rest of the summer by the 842nd Engineering Company out of Sturgis.  There is still some erosion control and culvert work required to completely finish this road, and this will be completed by mid June.  Unfortunately, the additional work required on the road prevented any construction on the parking lot and rest rooms last summer, so WCNP is planning to build the remainder of the road, a parking lot, and bathrooms this summer.  The Guard is planning to be here in June of this year to do the final touch up work on the 266 road that has been completely rebuilt over the last two summers.  We are will have this dedication ceremony at the Sanson Ranch, which now is accessible via the road that the Friends of Wind Cave paid for  through donations.  The road couldn't have been competed without the generous help we received.  Thank you all again for your support, and additional information will be coming with the final date and details of the celebration.   The long-awaited dedication and donor plaque celebration will take place later this summer.




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