History

Ammonite

Fossils of the Badlands

The Badlands of South Dakota are known for their abundance of fossil mammals. Preserved in the layers of exposed rock and ancient soils are examples of brontoth...
Round Up

Buffalo Capital of the World

Fall signals not only a change in seasons at Custer State Park, but also a yearly tradition—the park’s Buffalo Roundup and Sale. The park’s modern tie to the...
Ellsworth Plane

A Tribute to Ellsworth Air Force Base

Over the past 60 years, the Black Hills and and the United States military facility that has evolved into Ellsworth Air Force Base have established a mutually b...
Dignity Statue

They Call Her Dignity

Overlooking the Missouri River in Chamberlain is the striking 50-foot tall Dignity Statue. The stainless steel statue is of a young Native American woman with a...
Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument

Located on the northwestern edge of the Black Hills, Devils Tower Rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River to an altitude of 5,112 feet. The tower meas...
Gambling

A Good Bet – Deadwood Gaming

At high noon on November 1, 1989, legalized gambling was reintroduced in Deadwood. The historic and economic transformation of the city began almost immediately...
Native Americans and officials

The History of the Hills

A Brief History of the Black Hills from 1800 The following is by no means a comprehensive story of the Black Hills, nor is it meant to be. It is meant only to ...
Newspapers

A.W. Merrick

Unfortunately, there is not much information available about Deadwood’s first newspaperman Albert W. Merrick (portrayed by Jeffrey Jones in HBO’s DEADWOOD). ...
Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp in the Black Hills

Wyatt Earp has been popularized as the fearless frontier lawman of the Kansas cow towns, and as the main character in the incident known simply as “the Gunfight...