STURGIS, S.D. — Officials have finished restoring a western South Dakota monument honoring a horseback mail carrier killed in 1876.

The restoration project came about when Regional Health Sturgis Hospital started renovating and expanding near the site of the Nolin Monument, which memorializes horseback mail carrier Charles “Red” Nolin. Hospital officials found that the monument was sinking into the ground and in need of being refurbished, the Black Hills Pioneer reported .

“Not many hospitals have historical monuments on campus,” said Mark Schulte, President of Regional Health Sturgis Hospital and Market. “By partnering with the Meade County Historical Society and Ainsworth Benning Construction, Regional Health was able to revitalize a very important piece of this town’s history.”

The restoration project included a solid foundation to place the monument, landscaping and electrical service. Contractors were able to salvage all of the rock from the old monument to use in the reconstruction of the new one.

“Our patients and visitors will now have a chance to learn about the history of Sturgis,” said Schulte. “We couldn’t be more proud of how this turned out.”

Ross Lamphere, chairman of the Nolin Monument Restoration Committee, said they’ve received many positive comments about the finished restoration.

The area historical society will host a rededication ceremony for the Nolin Monument in Sturgis on June 15, as part of a 140th anniversary celebration for the city and Fort Meade. The rededication will include a commemorative postcard that will be delivered to the city’s post office by pony express mail carrier.

Information from: Black Hills Pioneer,