Population 150,000August 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.
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|Date Added||Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 601949 N 4913730|
|Decimal Degrees||44.36968333, -97.72043333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 22.181', W 97° 43.226'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 22' 10.86" N, 97° 43' 13.56" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101 Kingsbury Ave, Iroquois SD 57353, US|
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