It appears that there is no imminent threat to the
. Terry Cemetery
Wharf had filed documents with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources on September 27th, indicating their intention to significantly expand their large scale gold mining operation near
. (See our story of 12/25/10: Terry cemetery area targeted.) If approved, Wharf would expand its heap-leach gold mine operation by some 600 acres, including the old Golden Reward mining area. The Terry Peak Terry Cemetery was included in their request for “Determination of Special, Exceptional, Critical or ” submitted to DENR. Unique Lands
Shand told Bryant that, if and when Wharf decides to do anything with the cemetery – which “he doubts” – they will give “ample” notice to LCHS and other interested parties.
After talking with Shand and State Archaeologist Mike Fosha about the cemetery, Bryant said it would appear there is no emergency regarding possible disturbance of the cemetery.
“But it never hurts to be prepared, and we’ll have our ducks in a row to combat it, whether it’s at
or some other cemetery,” said Bryant. Terry Cemetery
At least one individual plans to submit a nominating petition to include the cemetery on the preliminary list of “Special, Exceptional, Critical, or
Cemetery preservation and maintenance is on the agenda for the LCHS Board of Directors when they meet tomorrow afternoon (1/4/11) in Deadwood. The 4 o’clock meeting will take place at the Deadwood City Library.
Construction on the structure is all but complete, and efforts are underway to outfit the facility. A grand opening celebration is slated for Thursday, June 16th, 2011.