Town/Community History

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The Homestead Act

One of the more vital pieces of government policy in terms of its overall effect on the settlement of the Black Hills and the West River country of South Dakota...
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Potato Creek Johnny

Sometimes we find a person who is not so much an icon but a caricature of a place, a group, or a specific period of time. The Black Hills has a few of these per...
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Enjoy Summer Nights in Rapid City

From the beginning of June to the end of August, every Thursday night from 6-9 p.m., downtown Rapid City hosts Summer Nights. Three blocks downtown are blocked ...
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About Spearfish

Founded by homesteaders in 1876, the settlement of Spearfish took its name from the nearby creek of the same name. The fast-flowing Spearfish Creek carried fish...
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Gem Theatre in Deadwood

Vile, crude, bawdy, crowded, entertaining, and profitable – all terms which were used at one time or another to describe Deadwood’s infamous nineteenth-century ...
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The Cowboy Legend: Casey Tibbs

According to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Casey Tibbs is to the sport of rodeo what Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are to baseball; what Jack Dempsey and Muhammad Ali a...
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Historic Preservation in Deadwood

While it is true that miners founded Deadwood, it was skilled hands with wood, stone, and brick that built this interesting city. Deadwood offers a variety of i...
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Fun Facts: Wyoming

Wyoming State Information Capital Cheyenne Nickname Big Wyoming, Equality State, Cowboy State Motto "Equal Rights" Admitted To Union July 10, 1890 - 44t...
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Chinese Influence in Early Deadwood

When you think of the early days of Deadwood, what group comes immediately to your mind—miners, gamblers, prostitutes—others portrayed so convincingly in HBO's ...