Belle Fourche band shell listed on National Register of Historic Places

The band shell in Herrmann Park in Belle Fourche was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pioneer photo by Lacey Peterson

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BELLE FOURCHE — The band shell in Belle Fourche’s Herrmann Park was among six South Dakota properties recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The band shell in Herrmann Park was built in 1954. It was listed in the national register for the entertainment and recreational activity opportunities it has provided to the community for more than six decades. It has served as a focal point for outdoor band concerts, speeches, performances, and other gatherings since its construction.

The band shell is also listed on the register as a local vernacular adaptation of a band shell — a resource type made popular throughout the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Although not built until later, it embodies the features of earlier, larger band shells.

The national register is the official federal list of properties identified as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. The South Dakota Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society works in conjunction with the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register program, to list the properties.  

"South Dakota's history is rich in American Indian culture, pioneer life, and change," Jay D. Vogt, state historic preservation officer and director of the State Historical Society, said. "Properties listed on the national register are important for their role in South Dakota's culture, heritage and history. And when properties get listed, it shows that their owners take pride in their role in preserving that culture, heritage and history."

To qualify for the national register, buildings, sites, structures, and objects must be at least 50 years old and possess historical significance. Properties must also maintain their historic location, design, materials, and association. A listing on the register does not place any limitations on private property owners by the federal government.  

In addition to the band shell, the following properties were listed on the national register: the Canton Carnegie Library, the Herschell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery (or the Prairie Village Carousel) in Madison, the Rapid City Masonic Temple, the Raymond Farmers and Citizens Bank, and the Sturgis Water Works Company Supply Works Site.

For more information on the National Register or other historic preservation programs, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone (605) 773-3458; or website history.sd.gov/Preservation

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