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The View from Deadwood's Friendship Tower

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 03/18/2021 09:33:29

South Dakota | Black Hills | Northern Black Hills | Deadwood | Mount Roosevelt | Friendship Tower | Theodore Roosevelt | Seth Bullock

The View from Deadwood's Friendship Tower


It was a 35 year long friendship that was the inspiration for the construction of Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower. Before becoming the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt met Seth Bullock during one of his many trips out west. Bullock, a famous sheriff in the city of Deadwood, led the project to build the tower in 1919, the year that Roosevelt died.

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Do you enjoy climbing?

I'm not a rock climber at all, but I do love to climb lighthouses. After reading about Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower, I knew that we had to include it on our Black Hills road trip. It's just 2 1/2 miles north of historic Deadwood.

In under an hour, we had time for a round-trip hike on the 0.6 mile gravel loop trail. The 32-foot-tall stone tower is near the trail's midpoint as is another viewpoint. We even climbed the narrow spiral staircase to enjoy the view. It is said that you can see the area where Bullock and Roosevelt first met and thereby started their decades long friendship.

Do you enjoy climbing towers, lighthouses, etc. for the views?

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