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Induction Category & YearProfessional 2004
Home TownMitchell, SD
Mitchell, SD
Rapid City, SD

   Dennis Casey
Champion of Excellence

 Dennis “Doc” Casey was born January 6, 1931, in Mitchell, SD. After high school, he eventually went to Creighton University, Omaha, NE, to study dentistry.

In 1956, Casey was commissioned a Captain in the US Air Force and assigned to Guam. Upon his discharge, he moved to Rapid City and began his dental practice. He had a heart as big as the great outdoors and was a “behind the scenes” guy, never asking or expecting recognition. “Doc” had a plan and a dream for a drive-thru wildlife park which became a reality in 1972.

In 2002, “Bear With Me”, Doc’s biography, was published. It is a time capsule of his ancestry, philosophies and personal life, all of which led to the popularity and success of Bear Country USA, a premier family attraction in the Black Hills of South Dakota, visited by more than 7 million enlightened and pleased visitors.

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