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Towns/Communities

Visit Lead

When Fred and Moses Manuel discovered a large vein of gold in a rocky outcropping three miles south of Deadwood in 1876, they had no idea of its significance. ...

Top Stops in Custer

Did you know that Custer is the oldest town in the Black Hills? After traveling through during the Black Hills Expedition with General George Custer in 1874, H...

The Story of Lead

When gold was discovered on French Creek near present-day Custer in 1874, miners descended upon the Black Hills in search of fortune. Initial pickings were slim...

Mystery Monday Week 5 Revealed

This week's Mystery Monday location didn't leave too many of you stumped. Plenty of people recognized this distinctive pink spotted sculpture... ...as ...
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Visit Keystone

Like many Black Hills communities, Keystone was established as a mining community during the Black Hills Gold Rush. Gold, mica, tin, feldspar, a...

The Story of Keystone

Following the 1876 discovery of placer gold in Battle Creek, just east of present-day Keystone, a settlement named Harney (for the nearby mountain) was establis...

Visit Hill City

Hill City originally attracted gold miners when it was founded in 1876 but had better luck with tin in the 1880s, and later, the railroad industry. Once notori...

Visit Ellsworth AFB

Ellsworth Air Force Base has been closely aligned with the Rapid City area since 1942, when it was established as a training location for the B-17 Flying ...

Mystery Monday Week 4 Revealed

This week's Mystery Monday post generated a lot of comments! Was it the fact that people recognized the spot? Or because we were giving away a prize? Proba...
Mount Moriah

Visit Deadwood

When placer gold was discovered in a creek that ran through a gulch full of dead trees in 1876, prospectors flocked to the area and a boom town sprang up pract...