From the June 26, 1924 News Record:
About 60 farmers and ranchers of Coal Creek and Black Thunder Basins met with the board of County Commissioners yesterday afternoon, and entered a protest against changing the Gillette-Douglas road as outlined by another group of boosters who met last week at Harrington Hall on the Belle Fourche. The Gillette-Douglas road as it is now laid out by the state highway department is the continuation of the T7, on down across the Belle Fourche and connecting with the Hilight road. This road has been picked as the most feasible route by the highway department, for it eliminates all grades, and makes it a much shorter route. The boosters from the western part of the Basin contend that by moving the road westward would accommodate more people.