History

Wild Bill

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

James Butler Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois, on May 27, 1837. As a boy in rural Illinois, young James was quite interested in guns, shooting, and compe...
The Revenant

The Revenant: Fact or Fiction?

Released in 2015, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who was mauled by a grizzly bear in South Dakota and left for dead in 1823....
Sol Star

Sol Star

Historical Black Hills characters, both factual and fictional, have taken center stage in the successful HBO series "DEADWOOD." Solomon (Sol) Star was born i...
Deadwood

Seth Bullock

If the Black Hills of the late 1800s and first decades of the 1900s ever had “ a man for all seasons” he may well have been Seth Bullock. A contradiction in ...
George Bush

President Bush Comes to Mt. Rushmore

President George W. Bush paid a visit to the Shrine of Democracy of Mount Rushmore on August 15, 2002. During a nearly 45 minute speech, the president covered a...
Poker

Poker Alice Tubbs

Alice Ivers was born on February 17, 1853, in Devonshire, England. She and her family moved to Virginia when Alice was in her late teens, eventually migrating t...
School house Blizzard

The Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888

South Dakota was still only a territory when it was hit by one of the United State’s most devastating blizzards. From November 1887 through January 1888, ice s...
Red Cloud

Chief Red Cloud

We do not know the exact birth date of this famed Oglala Lakota Sioux leader, but he was likely born in late 1821 or 1822 near the forks of the Platte River in ...
Black Hills Flood

Flood of ’72

1972 Rapid City - Black Hills Flood Those of us who lived through that horrible night will never forget—and we hope that others will be prompted to remember th...