Gold Mountain Loop
Road District

Hill City, South Dakota

Board of Trustees:

Chair: Randy Larson
POB 863 Hill City SD 57745

Vice Chair: Duane Gaulke
POB 1141 Hill City SD 57745

Sec/Treas: Ed Gerken
POB 747 Hill City, SD 57745

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Captioned simply "Burnt Fork 1907," there's no indication
which of the many mines along that road is depicted.
The Queen Bee Mine is perhaps the best candidate,
as it was among the most developed in that time period.
Of the Queen Bee, nothing remains today but traces.
Photo courtesy Dorothy Hartle.

Page created July 28, 2016

for the purpose of informing Gold Mountain residents and the public of this newly formed Road District

and other items of local interest pertaining to the area.

July 23, 2016 - First Meeting: Election of Officers and Formation of the Road District.

Minutes were taken by Rosan Larson, Acting Secretary

Fifteen residents of Gold Mountain Loop were in attendance. After introductions were made, the meeting was called to order by Randy Larson on July 23, 2016 at 10:06 A.M. at the Larson residence. First order of new business was the election of officers, the start of which was called and seconded by Rosan Larson and Earl Davis.

After a brief discussion of the requirements of establishing a Road District in Pennington County, it was announced that it was now time to elect three members of the Board of Trustees, with details of who among the members of the Road District could serve and who could vote. It was announced that nominations from the floor would begin at this time.

Nominations were for Randy Larson, Duane Gaulke and Ed Gerken. There were no further nominations from the floor, so nominations were closed. Due to the fact that only three people were nominated to fill the three Trustee positions it was decided on by the floor to have the nominees draw to stagger the length of their term.

The elected members of the Board and the term for each one is Randy Larson, 3 years; Duane Gaulke, 1 year; Ed Gerken, 2 years. At this time Randy Larson declared the election closed at 10:30 A.M.

The Board Members immediately met and chose amongst themselves to have as Chair - Randy Larson, Vice Chair - Duane Gaulke and Secretary/Treasurer - Ed Gerken.

Upon discussion among the attendees, it was decided not to increase the Mill Levy on the Road District and that it was prudent to take no further action until the Road District's formation was accepted and recorded by Pennington County.

The next meeting of the Board will be Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 P.M. at the Larson residence for the purpose of completing the papers to submit to the County. The meeting was closed at 10:40 A.M.

July 27, 2016 - Meeting of the Board of Trustees

All three Trustees Randy Larson, Duane Gaulke and Ed Gerken were in attendance and the meeting opened at 7:05 P.M. at the Larson residence. The purpose was completion of the two forms required by Pennington County to formalize the formation of the Gold Mountain Loop Road District. The Mill Levy was marked to remain unchanged from its current level of Unorganized Road District. Larson will file the completed forms with the County.

Sentinel FCU (Telco FCU) was chosen as the bank for the Road District's account. Sec/Treas Ed Gerken will handle the initial paperwork to open the account. There was some discussion among the Trustees that any Board Member should be able to write a check, but perhaps amounts over a certain limit should require at least one additional Trustee's signature, but nothing was acted upon until such time as there are funds in the account.

Gerken will also handle publishing the minutes and other items as may concern the Road District on his website. This website and by emails will constitute the Trustee's primary means of contacting the membership. Since not everyone has email or has provided their email address, in those cases phone, mail or a physical drop box placed in a prominent location will serve to inform of any upcoming annual meetings or actions by the Trustees which would merit notifying the Road District's members.

It was decided to proceed with the first steps in the formation of the District in the next few days if possible, since Trustees Gaulke and Larson both expect to be out of town by the end of the week.

The next meeting date is pending upon completion of this work. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Some local history and other items of interest

Send me an email if you have something to post here. This section may grow to have its own page.

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Gold Mountain Mine in 1975
Owing to renewed development  of the property in the 1940's, the Gold Mountain Mine seen above
is one of the few historic mines in the Black Hills on Forest Service land with some structures still standing, however barely.
This is a view of it taken by the author in 1975 and since that time it was approaching ruin and was a danger to sightseers.
The US Forest Service was recently convinced not to demolish the remaining structures at Gold Mountain,
but instead rebuild them and make the area into an interpretive site. That work has since been completed.

I have a lot of Hill City, Burnt Fork and Black Hills history and will share some of that here.

For more historic Black Hills views, please visit

Trails of Time

Here's a little sampler from one of my Trails of Time CDs:

Burnt Fork Mines

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