Manchester, South Dakota

Manchester, South Dakota (HM28GG)

Location: Iroquois, SD 57353 Kingsbury County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 22.181', W 97° 43.226'

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Population 150,000

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.
HM NumberHM28GG
Year Placed2007
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Date Added Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 601949 N 4913730
Decimal Degrees44.36968333, -97.72043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.181', W 97° 43.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 10.86" N, 97° 43' 13.56" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 Kingsbury Ave, Iroquois SD 57353, US
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