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Town/Community History

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...

Memories of the 1972 Rapid City Flood

Take a walk through Braeburn Park just upstream from Canyon Lake and you'll stumble upon concrete foundations and even a few partial stairways lining the norma...

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...
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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, ...
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Paha Sapa – The Black Hills

Crazy Horse, Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok, George Hearst, Red Cloud, George Armstrong Custer, Homestake, Poker Alice, Gutzon Borglum, Peter Norbeck, Rushmore, Kor...