Town/Community History

Ft. Laramie

Fort Laramie and the Black Hills

The confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers (in current-day southeastern Wyoming) was pivotal in the history of the American West. It is safe to say t...
Cave

The Caving, Climbing Couple

The one thing Jan & Herb Conn loved more than adventures was each other. The husband and wife team were prolific cavers and rock climbers, having discovered...
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Dr. Valentine McGillycuddy

In spite of a name that seems more whimsical than serious, the life and accomplishments of Valentine Trant O'Connell McGillycuddy are an enduring testament to s...
Jack Crawford

Captain Jack Crawford

Few characters in Black Hills history were ever as flamboyant, or as poetic, as John Wallace "Jack" Crawford. Crawford was born in Donegal County, Ireland, i...
Belle Fourche

The Beautiful Forks

Defined as “the Beautiful Forks” in French, the namesake and town site of the city of Belle Fourche (pronounced "Bell Foosh") was the confluence of the Belle Fo...
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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George S. Mickelson Trail

To experience a wide cross-section of the history, scenery and serenity of the Black Hills you need go no further than the 109-mile Mickelson Trail. A haven ...
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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...