The Spearfish community wrapped up a weekend of celebrating 125 years Sunday.
Born and raised in Spearfish, James Weaver joined others in City Park to celebrate Spearfish's 125th birthday. What was it like for Weaver growing up in Spearfish? "Well it isn't a whole lot different than it is now," said Weaver.
Weaver says a couple things have changed. "There's about three times as many people as when I graduated from high school," said Weaver. But for the most part, Spearfish is still the small town he's always remembered. "Downtown, three blocks of Main Street – not a lot different when I was a kid, except we had car dealers and they've moved to the suburbs of the town," said Weaver.
Speaking of cars, Weaver is a member of the Black Hills Model T Club, which was invited to the Spearfish birthday celebration. "There's a fascination among a lot of people for things that are old," said Weaver.
And it's that fascination that helps preserve historical artifacts. "We need to hold onto them, not that they're particularly useful, but it reminds us of where we were and we can know where we're are now," said Weaver.
That's what Janya Watson, Spearfish city planner, says the festivities are all about. "We have lots of historic buildings. We have a very historic downtown and we're just looking back out our history, counting our blessings, and moving forward," said Watson.
The weather wasn't exactly cooperating. "The saying goes, 'it's always nice in September you just don't know when,'" said Watson. But that didn't stop families from coming out to picnic, listen to music, and play games.
Amidst all the fun, Weave tips his hat to the founding Spearfish families. "They didn't have many conveniences, they were out here on their own making their own way," said Weaver.
Other celebratory activities that happened over the weekend of September 13-15 were a tour of the hyrdo electric plant, a party on Main Street, and actors playing historical residents.