Speaker will tell story of town of LeBeau

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The town of LeBeau, which now lies under Lake Oahe, began as Antoine LeBeau’s trading post on the east side of the Missouri River near Swan Creek in 1875 and grew to 500 people. But the shooting of Dode MacKenzie on December 11, 1909 spelled the beginning of the end for the river town.

Bill Markley, a western writer from Pierre, will present “LeBeau: How to Kill a Town,” on Sunday, October 7 at the Timber Lake School Theater. The program will begin at 1 p.m. MT. The public is welcome to attend, and to bring their questions for Markley.

There will be no admission charge. The event is hosted by the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and made possible by a grant from the S.D. Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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