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The Thoen Stone

While the Custer Expedition of 1874 confirmed the presence of gold and shared the finding with the world, there are other accounts that lead some researchers to...
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About Deadwood

The 1874 discovery of gold in the southern area of the Black Hills set off a great gold rush. Thousands of faceless miners, muleskinners, lawmen, gunslingers an...
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About Custer

Named after General George Armstrong Custer, Custer has the distinction of being the first city established in the Black Hills. Horatio N. Ross, a civilian prospector on the Custer expedition, found the first known traces of gold in French Creek, ...
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Gold Mining in the Black Hills

The Black Hills gold rush and the consequent local mining industry began with the Custer Expedition of 1874. As Custer led his 1000 men through the Hills, two m...
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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 the date of June 9, 1972. The mornin...
Native American

Native American Culture & the Black Hills Until 1759

Through time, the Sioux have created a rich and unique culture that many of them embrace to the current time. The origins and legends of their traditions give a remarkable view into their past. While it is possible to recount only the smallest fracti...
Mount Rushmore Cave

Rushmore Marks 75 Years!

On August 10, 1927, Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, spoke at Mt. Rushmore to dedicate Gutzon Borglum’s visionary project that was to becom...