Sturgis in Meade County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Fate of the Mail Carrier
The Story of our History
Monument Builders A group of Sturgis pioneers and Commercial Club formed a committee and enlisted the help of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers and the City of Sturgis to build the monument in early spring, 1932. The monument was restored and revitalized in 2017 by a group sponsored by the Regional Health Hospital Sturgis.
Construction The monument which was designed by Roy Erickson, is a heavy square shaft built of rose and milky quartz, and silver ore. A long perpendicular slab with the word "Nolin" cut deep in it was donated by Consolidated Power
Deadwood Pioneer Time, Tuesday, April 12, 1932
The monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1932 with 4000 people in attendance from all parts of the Black Hills, including representatives of Indian tribes. Seated at the monument were Jesse Brown (left) and Mrs. Tom (Cornelia) O'Brien (right) who were both members of the party that found the body.
Nolin Grave The body of Charles Nolin was moved to Bear Bute Cemetery in Sturgis in June 1889 by local citizens. A new bronze marker by the Sturgis Senior Citizens and Chamber of Commerce Centennial Committee in 1982
Erected by Nolin Monument Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is August 19, 1876.
Location. 44° 24.126′ N, 103° 30.536′ W. Marker is in Sturgis, South Dakota, in Meade County. Marker is at the intersection of Junction Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2140 Junction Ave, Sturgis SD 57785, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Nolin (here, next to this marker); Broken Promises (here, next to this marker); Born of Opportunity (a few steps from this marker); Treaties are formed (a few steps from this marker); The Peace Keeping Post (a few steps from this marker); Charles Nolin, Pony Mail Carrier (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Charles Nolin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camps (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturgis.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.