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New Underwood in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Walter Dale Miller:

29th Governor of South Dakota

 
 
Walter Dale Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
October 15, 2021
1. Walter Dale Miller Marker
Inscription.  Walter Dale Miller was born October 5, 1925 near Viewfield. He graduated from New Underwood High School and spent his life ranching in Meade County.

Miller served in the State House of Representatives from 1967 to 1987. He is the only person in state history to hold every major leadership position in the House, including Speaker and Majority Leader.

In 1987, Miller became the state’s first full-time lieutenant governor. Serving with Governor George S. Mickelson, Miller led efforts to implement technology in state government.

On April 19, 1993, Governor Mickelson and seven others died in a plane crash, and Miller became the first lieutenant governor to ascend to the governorship due to death.

Governor Miller was a calm, steady leader during a difficult time. He ended a riot at the state penitentiary without loss of life and led the response to historical flooding in 1993. When a court ruling shut down video lottery causing a revenue shortage, Miller imposed emergency cuts protecting the state’s budget. He left office in 1995.

Walter Dale Miller died September 28, 2015. He was a persistent,
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God-fearing, West River cowboy who stepped up when South Dakota needed him.
 
Erected 2018 by the family of Walter Dale Miller. (Marker Number 724.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 19, 1993.
 
Location. 44° 5.668′ N, 102° 49.997′ W. Marker is in New Underwood, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is at the intersection of East Ash Street and South Bailey Street, on the right when traveling west on East Ash Street. Located at the southwest corner of New Underwood School. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Underwood SD 57761, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Walter Dale Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
October 15, 2021
2. Walter Dale Miller Marker
Walter Dale Miller Marker, from the street image. Click for full size.
October 15, 2021
3. Walter Dale Miller Marker, from the street
Walter Dale Miller Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
4. Walter Dale Miller Marker, from the north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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