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Center of the Nation

21 miles outside of Belle Fourche, the geographical center of the nation is marked by a makeshift sign in a farmer’s pasture. During the beginning of the twenti...
Homestake Museum

Homestake and Neutrinos

A Tiny Look at a Large Opportunity The name Homestake is synonymous with the Black Hills region, but the word neutrino is not. Well, at least not outside of ...
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Nuggets of Homestake Mine

Moses and Fred Manuel discovered the Homestake Ledge on April 9, 1876; sank a shaft in the side of a draw; built a crude mill and took out $5,000 worth of gold ...
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National American University

The National School of Business was established in downtown Rapid City in 1941 with a curriculum that offered secretarial and accounting classes along with othe...
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Frederick T. Evans

While he did much to help in the establishment of commerce in many of the communities of the Black Hills, it is in Hot Springs where Fred Evans is best known an...
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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...
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Norbeck Scenic Byway Gains Recognition

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) recently named the Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway in South Dakota’s Black Hills as one of the 10 most beautif...
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Black Hills Wildlife: Pronghorn

Pronghorns are known by hunters as an incredibly difficult animal to catch, due to their incredible eyesight, stamina, and speed. Published in 1844, trader J...
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About Spearfish

Founded by homesteaders in 1876, the settlement of Spearfish took its name from the nearby creek of the same name. The fast-flowing Spearfish Creek carried fish...
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Swimming in the Black Hills

The Black Hills are full of hidden swimming holes, scenic streams, and well-used lakes and reservoirs. When the summer heat is in full swing, take a day off and...