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Turtle Soup - "Rockerville Flume"

April 19, 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

This week, Kathleen Christopherson presents, "Water for Gold: The Ups and Downs of the Rockerville Flume."

One of the many enjoyable hiking trails in the Black Hills follows the route of the old flume between Sheridan Lake and Rockerville. Although the wooden channel and its supporting structures are long gone, the 17-mile-long footprint of the flume remains in the excavated tunnels and notches and the stacked stone supports for trestles.

The flume was built in 1880 to carry water from Spring Creek to Rockerville, which had rich gold-bearing gravels but no water to wash out the gold. It was a complex, expensive construction project, marred by mismanagement and dishonesty, that ended in failure for the Black Hills Placer Mining Company.

Whether the flume itself was a failure, however, is another story. This presentation, researched by Christopherson and the late Alvis Lisenbee, tells that story.

Christopherson grew up on a South Dakota farm where family dinner-table conversations made her a story addict.

Under her pen name, Kathleen Fox, she is the author of “Making the Best of Second Best,” “Conscious Finance” (co-authored with Rick Kahler, CFP), and “Once Upon a Different Story.”

As an editor, she is a fact-checking fiend. And as an observer of life’s misadventures in her Practical Prairie Woman blog, she embellishes only if it makes a better story.

Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 

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