PIERRE, S.D. – Clarence Jurisch was born and raised in Southwestern South Dakota, and always had an affinity for the Badlands.
Growing up near Badlands National Park, Jurisch had a natural curiosity for the area’s rocks and fossils. In his spare time, he offered guided tours of the area to visitors, and though he had a deep appreciation for the geology of the land, it was not until his retirement in 1967 that he devoted his time to the Badlands.
Jurisch began studying the region’s mineral resources and ancient life of the Badlands upon his retirement, and eventually opened a museum to display his collection and share his knowledge of the area with visitors from across the state, country and world.
The Badlands became a National Monument on March 4, 1939, and was designated a National Park in 1978. Clarence Jurisch’s curiosity, study and vast knowledge of the area helped to educate visitors and enhance their appreciation for the significance of the land.
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Information for this release was obtained from the South Dakota Hall of Fame Web site.