2 cited for vandalizing Poet’s Table in Black Hills

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Two people have been cited for vandalizing a popular Black Hills hiking spot known as Poet’s Table.

The women, ages 27 and 29, were cited for intentionally damaging property and petty theft, both misdemeanors. Over the weekend a video surfaced on social media showing two women sawing the table in half and carrying the pieces away from an alcove in the rocks high above Sylvan Lake.

The spot was a secret when the table and chairs were placed there about 50 years ago, but it has since become popular among hikers, including some who have left poems and other writings.

The women turned themselves in to authorities on Monday.

The new Poet’s Table. Photos courtesy of Custer State Park.

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