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Town/Community History

Hill City

Welcome to Hill City

While the "Heart of the Hills" was once referred to as "a town with a church on each end and a mile of Hell in between," the activities of Hill City have tamed ...
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...
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...
Deadwood Dick- Hat

Nat Love – The Real Deadwood Dick

It is often hard in history to separate fact from fiction, and the dime novel version of a story from reality; but it is interesting to note that in the remarka...
Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Many early residents of Deadwood were buried at Mt. Moriah or at its predecessor, the Ingleside Cemetery, down the hill to the left of the present cemetery. ...
medicine wheel wyoming

Medicine Wheel, Wyoming

The Medicine Wheel Passage route of today’s US Highway 14A through the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming is the modern trail near a significant historical a...
Deadwood

Mayor E.B. Farnum

In the plot lines of the HBO series Deadwood, the character of E. B. Farnum is portrayed by actor William Sanderson as a conniving, spineless pawn to the vile a...