Laura was 13 when she and her family came to visit Mt. Rushmore while on vacation from Arcola, VA. It had been two weeks since the Flood and was a rainy cold week. A Park Ranger told them because of road closures it was 116 miles from Mt. Rushmore to Rapid City. They experienced a muddy two days of camping at the Ponderosa Campground before heading home.
Rapid City Public Library
May 16, 2012
Rapid City Public Library, “Laura Collins,” Flood of 1972, accessed September 18, 2020, https://1972flood.omeka.net/items/show/228.