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Mystery Monday Week 10 Revealed

Unless you enjoy hanging out in bars—not the kind that serve alcohol—this week's Mystery Monday location might have thrown you for a loop. It's the his...

Mystery Monday Week 8 Revealed

This week, we tried to stump you with this pic. Turns out we did a pretty good job! Several people guessed this was the mining cart on display in Prospe...

Visit Lead

When Fred and Moses Manuel discovered a large vein of gold in a rocky outcropping three miles south of Deadwood in 1876, they had no idea of its significance. ...

The Story of Lead

When gold was discovered on French Creek near present-day Custer in 1874, miners descended upon the Black Hills in search of fortune. Initial pickings were slim...

The Story of Keystone

Following the 1876 discovery of placer gold in Battle Creek, just east of present-day Keystone, a settlement named Harney (for the nearby mountain) was establis...
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The Story of Belle Fourche

This town's location at the confluence of two rivers led early French settlers to name it Belle Fourche ("beautiful fork"). Its lush setting at the point where...

Can Gold Still Be Found in Deadwood?

The Black Hills Gold Rush brought hordes of prospectors and settlers to the Black Hills. As more and more people flocked to the area, towns were founded overni...

The Black Hills Gold Rush

The Black Hills Gold Rush began in 1874, when Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led a group of over 1,000 men from Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota ...

Sharpshooter Daniel Boone May

Daniel Boone May, known as “the fastest gun in the Dakota," protected the Deadwood Stage from outlaws, murderers, and thieves with an iron fist (or, to be more...