A Russian Grand Duke, Gen. Custer, and Buffalo Bill Cody

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In 1872, the son of a Russian Tsar hunted buffalo during a tour of the American West.

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Ellsworth AFB - 44th Missile Wing, 1962-1982

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The activation and growth of the 44th over 20 years. (The 44th was deactivated in 1994.)

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Ellsworth Air Force Base, 1942-1957

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How Rapid City's small airport became a key facility in the Strategic Air Command.

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Women in Local History: The Story of Jessie Sundstrom

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Born in Rapid City and raised in Deadwood, Jessie dedicated her life to local history and service, contributing to multiple organizations over her lifetime.

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Presidential Visits to South Dakota - Calvin Coolidge

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President Coolidge and his wife Grace spent most of the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills.

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Wall Drug

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How a struggling small-town pharmacy became world famous.

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The Queen Bee Mill

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The story of a Sioux Falls landmark in what is now Falls Park

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Horatio Ross & Custer's Black Hills Gold Find

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A member of the 1874 Custer Expedition claimed the first gold strike in the Black Hills.

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Potato Creek Johnny & The PCJ Gold Nugget

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text: Jessica Michak - Archivist - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center - Deadwood History Inc. on

How a depression-era gold miner found a large gold nugget and fame Deadwood.

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The Stratobowl Flights of the 1930s

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Film from the record-setting balloon flights.

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The Historic Homestake Opera House - Lead

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A 1914 opera house/theater is still a hub of community activity in Lead.

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The Rebecca Goodwin Bonnet, Sioux Falls, 1858

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A bonnet crafted by a Yankton Sioux woman and purchased by an early white settler, is among the earliest artifacts from Sioux Falls' past.

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The 1875 Dr. Flick Cabin - Custer

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The oldest known building still in existence in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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The Thoen Stone

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Etchings on a stone tablet tell the harrowing story of an 1833 excursion seeking gold in the Black Hills.

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Pouring Gold at Homestake Mine - 1938 -2002

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Film and video show the gold recovery process at Homestake over the years.

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