Keystone, South Dakota, April 22, 2015 - The Keystone Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dolsee Davenport as their new Executive Director. The board of directors had several qualified candidates apply and interview for this coveted position, and Davenport certainly stood out from the crowd. She is expected to start the position on May 5, 2015.
A St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held at the Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ at 11:30 am on Sunday, March 15. The church is located at 402 Blair Street, Keystone.
In 1876, just two years after the Custer Expedition discovered gold in the Black Hills, prospectors found placer gold along Battle Creek two miles east of present-day Keystone. They established a town and named it Harney. The placer gold, in gravel along creek beds, played out after just a couple of years. Harney disappeared.
In 1883, the Harney Peak Hydraulic Gold Mining Co. used high-pressure water to blast the gold from deep in the gravel beds. At one time, a 200-foot-tall trestle spanned the 700 feet across the gulch over present-day Winter Street. That same year, 1883, the hard-rock Etta Mine was established to mine mined mica, tin and other minerals. Other operations soon followed, including the Keystone Mine, the Ingersoll Mine and the Holy Terror Mine -- named for the wife of one of the mine’s founders.
Over the next several decades Keystone’s rock yielded gold and more exotic minerals such as arsenic, feldspar, mica, beryl, cassiterite, tantalite, columbite, amblygonite, lepidolite, spodumene and quartz.
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