Near Iroquois in Kingsbury County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Manchester, South Dakota
August 27, 1961. More than 150,000 people converged on a patch of land just south of Highway 14 for the Dakota Territory Centennial Goldrush. The event was reminiscent of a stampede caused by General George Custer when he announced that gold had been found in the Black Hills back in 1874. Hundreds of contestants, each armed with gold shovels, dug for prizes that went up in value to $10,000. Manchester welcomed and rubbed shoulders with people from all over the country. Of course, Bandleader Lawrence Welk, a Dakotan who had traveled our roads many times, was emcee. He was joined by a young television cowboy actor named Clint Eastwood. A carnival and fireworks display lit up the sky. Festivities included an Amateur Talent Show, a Square Dance Festival,, and a Boy Scout Camporee. "The Manchester Goldrush, " as many remember it, was a promotional event sponsored by KELOLand Television to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Dakota Territory. It ended up making history.
Location. 44° 22.181′ N, 97° 43.226′ W. Marker is near Iroquois, South Dakota, in Kingsbury County. Marker is on Kingsbury Ave. 0.1 miles north of U.S. 14, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Manchester Tornado (here, next to this marker); Harvy Dunn and Grace Ingalls Dow (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Manchester (here, next to this marker); KELO-Land Centennial Gold Rush (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvey Dunn, N.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Couse Hardware (approx. 8½ miles away); Waters Land & Loan Company (approx. 8.6 miles away); Kingsbury County, S.D. (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iroquois.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.