For South Dakota’s highest peak, 2016 turned out to be a year of change. First, the highpoint saw its name change from Harney Peak, and now, a new survey claims the mountain stands more than ten feet shorter than originally thought.
Results from a private survey claim that while Black Elk Peak is still the highest in South Dakota, it only stands at 7231 feet, not the 7242 at which it is officially listed.
Jerry Penry, a professional surveyor from Nebraska, undertook the private effort.
It will be interesting to see if this becomes the official height of the mountain.