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More Retaining Walls in Deadwood Being Repaired

Deadwood, South Dakota
City of Deadwood, South Dakota

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – The Deadwood City Commission has approved money to shore up more historical retaining walls in the western South Dakota gambling town.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that as of the end of October, nearly $400,000 had been spent on repairs. Last year, $586,000 was spent on the Retaining Wall Grant Program.

Deadwood was built in a steep-sided gulch in the Black Hills. Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker says most historic structures in the old gold-mining town have retaining walls, and some of the walls themselves are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He says many have been around for a century.

Kuchenbecker says the city has been through a couple of wet years, and that has led to more of the walls starting to fail.

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