HOT SPRINGS -- The Friends of Wind Cave National Park will host a public reception this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the park visitor center to thank donors and supporters who helped fund improvements to the Sanson Ranch access road, 266 Street. The section line access was improved from a dirt trail to a county approved gravel road.
This summer, as part of their annual Golden Coyote exercise, the South Dakota National Guard used materiel funded by the Friends group to upgrade the portion of 266 Street that lies outside park boundaries. This upgrade will be critical in opening this newly acquired parcel of land, which could occur as early as next year. This will enhance the education of pioneers in Fall River County, and the very early Native American culture involving the Buffalo Jump.
The Friends would like to invite members, donors, and the public to this reception in order to celebrate the success of their fund raising efforts and to allow the Friends to show their appreciation for the support received. Park personnel will be on hand to give an update on the project.
This reception is open to the public and will include displays of the road, including before, after, and construction photos, along with light refreshments. When this project is complete, it will provide access to a 4,000 year-old buffalo jump and an historic homestead dating back to 1882.
Members of the South Dakota National Guard work this past summer on building a road to the Sanson Ranch within the boundaries of Wind Cave National Park.