Founding Father cemetery tour and museum display
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Minnilusa Historical Association partnered with the Journey Museum to celebrate a Rapid City Founding Father, John Brennan.
The day started with a visit to Mountain View Cemetery to tour the Brennan family gravesite. The tour was lead by re-enactor Wayne Gilbert, who played Brennan.
Brennan was one of Rapid City’s first mayors in the late 1800s. He went on to be the president of the first-ever city council, a fire chief, a school superintendent and took on several other roles in the community. Along with that, he built Rapid City’s first hotel.
“He was with a group of miners that didn’t have much luck mining, so they came out of Palmer Gulch and created a business town,” said Minnilusa’s executive director, Mark Slocum.
The event concluded with a ribbon-cutting and opening of a new display in memory of his Brennan’s granddaughter.