Rapid City's Longtime Businesses

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Corey Christianson - Exhibits and Curations Coordinator - Journey Museum and Learning Center - Rapid City on

An exhibit at the Journey Museum and Learning Center showcases 10 of over 100 businesses that have been operating in Rapid City for 50 years or more.

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The Sole Survivor on the Army Side of Custer's Last Stand

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A horse was the only survivor on Custer's side of the famed "last stand" at the Battle of the Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass.

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A Century of South Dakota State Parks

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This 30-minute documentary looks at the founding of South Dakota's State Park system and outlines some of the major milestones in the past 100 years.

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The Friendship Tower / Mount Roosevelt

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Hannah Marshall Bawden - Archivist - Deadwood History Inc. on

A tower atop Mount Roosevelt near Deadwood memorializes the great friendship between Seth Bullock and Teddy Roosevelt.

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Quillwork - A Uniquely Native American Art

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Conor McMahon - Chief Curator - U.S. Dept. of the Interior - Indian Arts and Crafts Board on

Contemporary artists continue an ancient Native American tradition but also bring innovation and new designs.

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Presidential Visits to South Dakota

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The late President George H.W. Bush came to South Dakota four times. Fifteen other U.S. Presidents also visited the Rushmore State at least once.

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The Black Hills Industrial Show - Deadwood

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Hannah Marshall Bawden - Archivist - Deadwood History Inc. on

A long-running trade show that began during the Great Depression established Deadwood as an attractive destination for business events, conferences, and meetings.

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Find Your Own "Images of the Past"

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The amount of historical images and documents available online is vast and growing. Here are a few of the public, commercial, and social media options for exploring the world of digitized historical records.

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Veterans of the WWII Battleship South Dakota

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Four former crewmen attended a reunion in the summer of 2018 at the Battleship Memorial in Sioux Falls. Each shared a few memories of service during World War II.

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Native American Images on Money

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There are South Dakota connections to the "Buffalo Nickel" and other U.S. coins featuring images of Native Americans.

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The Homestake Mining Company Lockout

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Homestake gold mine managers responded to a 1909 labor dispute by shutting down the mine for nearly two months.

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Aberdeen’s Equity Union Creamery

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Sue Gates - Director - Dacotah Prairie Museum - Aberdeen on

The nation's first cooperative creamery was located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It became one of the region's largest producers of dairy products.

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South Dakota's First Inhabitants

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

In observance of South Dakota's Native Americans' Day, a look at the region's first permanent inhabitants.

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Canton's Hiawatha Indian Asylum

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The story of a long-gone federal institution is one of the sadder chapters in the history of the U.S. government's policies regarding Native people.

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The CCC in the Black Hills

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The Civilian Conservation Corps established 50 work camps in South Dakota during the 1930s - many of them in the Black Hills

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