History and Heritage Book Club to learn about Ed Lemmon

PIERRE S.D. – The life of Ed Lemmon will be examined at the January meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. Dr. Nathan Sanderson of Pierre will discuss his book “Controlled Recklessness: Ed Lemmon and the Open Range” at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Cultural Heritage Center. The book was published in the Fall of 2015 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

Lemmon played a tremendous role in developing western South Dakota. He was a full-time cowboy at age 20, a range manager at 23 and an owner of one of the largest cattle outfits operating in western South Dakota, the Flying V. He also guided the Milwaukee Railroad west across the Missouri River and helped found several towns.

Sanderson is the director of Policy and Operations for the State of South Dakota for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Before working in state government, Sanderson was a history instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Everyone is welcome to attend the free program. People in communities other than Pierre may be able to participate in the program through video conferencing. If interested, please call (605) 773-6006.

“Controlled Recklessness” is available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.