Facts (Local/State)

Museums in the Black Hills

When you choose to visit the many Black Hills museums, you will find exhibits focusing on the area’s rich history, unique fossil displays of mammoths and dinosa...

Wind Cave National Park

President Theodore Roosevelt approved the establishment of Wind Cave National Park on January 9, 1903. The park was the first area set aside to preserve and pro...
Winter Black hills Snow

Fall Colors and Winter Weather

Sunny, mild days and cool nights are typical during the autumn. Temperatures begin to cool around Labor Day, with highs averaging in the 60s and 70s during Sept...
Bullock Hotel Deadwood

A Haunted Vacation

The modern-day Black Hills is built on the remains of centuries of Wild West, homesteader, and Native American history. Over the many years, legends of ghosts, ...
Stargazing

Wish Upon a Shooting Star

With the lack of light pollution, western South Dakota has a large number of fantastic stargazing spots. Drive five minutes outside of any of the Black Hill’s s...
Prairie Dog

Black Hills Wildlife: Prairie Dogs

Prairie dogs are a type of ground squirrel found in North America. Adults usually grow to be 12 to 16 inches long and weigh between one and four pounds. Wild pr...
Coolige

The Summer White House of 1927

Undoubtedly the most exposure the Black Hills region has ever received, was in the summer of 1927 during the 3-month “visit” of President Calvin Coolidge. Th...
Dust Bowl

A Brief History of South Dakota

From the earliest accounts (including the Kiowa, Kiowa-Apache, Arikara, Arapaho, Mandans, and the Hidatsa), to later occupants like the Crow, Cheyenne, Teton Da...
Rail Road Timeline

Timeline of Black Hills Railroads

1848 - First Steam Locomotive arrives in Chicago, Illinois; operates on predecessor of the Chicago and North Western Railway 1869 - Union Pacific and Central...