Trees planted at historic Rapid City property in honor of Arbor Day

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A few new trees were planted on a historic property Friday morning in honor of Arbor Day.

4 29 Bhe Tree Planting Sotvo00 00 14 09still001For the past eight years, Black Hills Energy has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide energy saving trees to the communities that it serves. In honor of Arbor Day, the company planted three new birch trees on the historic McGillycuddy House property in Rapid City.

The house, which overlooks Mt. Rushmore Road from South Street, was built by Valentine McGillycuddy in 1887. Historic Rapid City has been working to restore the property since they bought it 12 years ago.

Special consideration for their neighbors while adding curb appeal went into choosing which kind of trees to plant.

“We wanted something that wouldn’t be too leafy and make a mess around the neighborhood and here. Plus they’re very adaptable to this region,” said Bill Kessloff of Historic Rapid City.

Black Hills Energy sponsored the project in celebration of 20 years of legacy gifts to the communities that they serve.

Additionally, the company gave out 250 free trees in South Dakota alone on Earth Day.

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