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Alvin Henry Benesh Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2021-071

Content Description

The collection consists of one hundred and thirty-three, 35mm color slides and five short reels of 8mm film. Topics within the images include Folder 1: Pierre Rodeo Grounds 1961, Pierre High School parade 1961 and another Pierre Parade from an unknown date, presumably from the 1960s. Folder 2: President Kennedy/Oahe Dam dedication event August 17, 1962. Folder 3: Missouri River scenes 1962, Rapid City aerial views 1962, South Dakota Department of Highways—highway research truck, Interstate scenes from 1962, and Iowa State University (Ames, IA) Fountain of Four Seasons 1962. Folder 4: Dakota Territorial Centennial parade in Pierre 1961. Folder 5: Capitol Lake (Pierre, S.D.) 1963, downtown Aberdeen, Interstate views 1960s, South Dakota Department of Highways-highway research truck/employees, Circle Pine Motel and Ranch Café. The collection also includes five, 8mm film reels in both color and black and white. Film topics include family scenes, Dinosaur Park (Rapid City, S.D.), Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Benesh home in Pierre (S.D.), and the Pierre flood of 1952. Two of the films have scenes from the Yukon (Canada). Alvin Benesh was born on June 22, 1908, to Frank and Elizabeth (Schuster) Benesh on a farm near Marshall (WI). Alvin graduated from high school in 1925 and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1931 with a Civil Engineering degree. Alvin served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He came to Pierre in 1946 and worked for the state Department of Highways as a highway planning and research engineer. He worked with the Department of Highways for 41 years. He married Evelyn Steinke on August 30, 1947, and they had a son William “Bill” Benesh. Alvin died in Pierre on October 27, 2000.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1950s
  • ca. 1960s
  • August 17, 1962



0.25 Cubic Feet