|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.
|Home Town (Mitchell, SD)|