Interview: John Brockelsby

Description

John Brockelsby, lifelong resident of Rapid City, speaks about the beginnings of tourism in Rapid City. John is the son of Earl Brocklesby, who founded Reptile Gardens. Reptile Gardens is a popular animal park and botanic garden south of Rapid City. John talks about the park's start in 1937 to its fame in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest reptile zoo. John also recounts memories of growing up in Rapid City, living near Rapid Creek.

Subject

Ben Black Elk, Black Hills, Coney Island, Earl Brocklesby, Highway 16, The Hole, Rapid City, Reptile Gardens, tourism, Spring Creek Valley, zoos

Creator

Rapid City Oral History Project

Date

11-05-2014

Contributor

Rapid City Public Library
Historic Rapid City
Rapid City Library Foundation

Coverage

Rapid City, (S.D.)

Interviewee

John Brockelsby

Interviewer

Kim Morey

Location

Rapid City

Files

Date Added
May 19, 2021
Collection
Interviews
Item Type
Oral History
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Citation
Rapid City Oral History Project, “Interview: John Brockelsby,” Rapid City Oral History, accessed May 28, 2024, https://rcploralhistory.omeka.net/items/show/11.