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Wind Cave National Park

President Theodore Roosevelt approved the establishment of Wind Cave National Park on January 9, 1903. The park was the first area set aside to preserve and pro...
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Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

“You will feel them before you hear them…You will hear them before you see them.” The greater Black Hills area is wonderfully abundant in wildlife, and even mo...
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Springtime Flowers and the Summer Breeze

Spring around the Black Hills is cool. Daytime highs in May average in the 60s and warm into the 70s during June. Overnight temperatures are still chilly—especially in the Hills, where May lows are in the 30s and 40s. Lows are typically in the 40s an...
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W.E. Adams

W.E. Adams was born to parents James Windsor and Sarah Ann (Prettyman) Adams in Michigan on May 13, 1854. The family later moved to Fairbault, Minnesota. Accord...
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All Signs Point to Wall Drug

Driving through South Dakota, visitors see hundreds of signs pointing to Wall Drug. There are signs all over the world leading to this drug store in the small t...

The Ultimate Black Hills Bucket List

The Black Hills has a seemingly endless number of hiking trails, festivals, iconic restaurants, and unique wildlife, so it can be difficult to fit everything in. The Ultimate Black Hills Bucket List compiles all of the most iconic destinations, trail...
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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...