Keystone celebrates city, flood anniversary together

KEYSTONE, S.D.– Residents of Keystone Thursday evening held a memorial to honor the 13 victims lost in town during the flood.

Candles Lit To Honor Those Lost In The FloodThe flood happened just one day after Keystone was incorporated as a town. A crowd gathered in the community center, sharing their memories of the flood and how the town came together.

And while many residents say they can still see and remember everything as if it happened yesterday, this ceremony also served as a history lesson for new community members.

“That is what makes it so very unique. We are a small town,” Town Trustee and owner of the Big Thunder Gold Mine said. “And back in 1972, they all did that. They made this town grow, just like Rodney had said. And it grew because of the help and working together.”

Keystone has plans through the weekend to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary as an official town.

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