Cowboy Culture

1874 Custer Expedition to the Black Hills

The struggle for control of the Black Hills region is a story in itself. If one were to pick a defining moment in the story of the Black Hills coming under the ...

Charlie Utter

Historical Black Hills characters, both factual and fictional, have taken center stage in the successful HBO series Deadwood.   C. H. (Charlie) Utter w...

Calamity Jane

Early Deadwood Calamity Jane was a hard drinking woman who wore men's clothing, used coarse language, chewed tobacco and was reportedly quite handy with a gun....

Buffalo Bill Cody

In France, he was compared to Napoleon; in England to Robin Hood; and in his home country, there was no equal. William Frederick Cody was born on a farm nort...

The Beautiful Forks

Defined as “the Beautiful Forks” in French, the namesake and town site of the city of Belle Fourche (pronounced "Bell Foosh") was the confluence of the Belle Fo...

Battle of The Little Big Horn

The following is a brief summary of the complex events leading up to the battle of The Little Bighorn, the battle, and its aftermath. The Treaty of Fort Lara...

Al Swearengen

Historical Black Hills characters, both factual and fictional, have taken center stage in the successful HBO series "DEADWOOD". Al Swearengen is portrayed in t...
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The Homestead Act

One of the more vital pieces of government policy in terms of its overall effect on the settlement of the Black Hills and the West River country of South Dakota...