Black Hills Railroads

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Video describing the rise of rail transportation in the Black Hills.

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He Was Known as "Captain Jack"

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Probably the most famous western character you never heard of.

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The Story of Anna Gerard

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

Diary entries describe a rough passage to Deadwood in 1878.

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A Brief History of Belle Fourche

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How Belle Fourche, South Dakota got it's start as a bustling cowtown and grew as a regionally important center of ag trade and commerce.

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The Drake Polishing Works, Sioux Falls

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A plant operating between 1884 and 1906 produced much of the stone used in Sioux Falls buildings of the period.

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The Majestic Buffalo

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The American Bison continues to symbolize the spirit of the Old West.

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Homestake's Jubilee Celebration - 1926

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

Homestake Mine celebrated 50 years of operation in 1926.

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The Palace Plunge & Evans Plunge, Hot Springs

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Naturally warmed water in and around Hot Springs has attracted health-conscious visitors since the 1880s.

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Camp Dewey, Sioux Falls, 1898

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An army post in Sioux Falls trained South Dakota soldiers for duty in the Spanish-American War.

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Custer Family Tragedy

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More than one member of the Custer family died at the Little Big Horn in 1876.

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The J.B. Haggin: First Locomotive in the Black Hills?

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

The five-ton "J.B. Haggin" locomotive on permanent display on the main floor of the Adams Museum in Deadwood began hauling gold ore in 1879.

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The Haas Plesiosaur Fossil

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A ninety-five million year old fossil found in a pasture near Belle Fourche turned out to be a major scientific discovery.

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Sioux Falls Area Snowstorm of 1909

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Photos of one of the heaviest snowfall events ever to hit Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

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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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"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

Personalities: South Dakota Soldiers, Sailors, War Memorials

On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at...

Personalities: The Great Flood of 1993

The Great Flood of 1993 hit the American Midwest from May to September, running along the Mississippi and Missouri...

Personalities: At Home with Baxter Black

In Chuck Anderson's first interview with Baxter Black, the duo had a strong rapport. So, Chuck had to visit Baxter...

Personalities: How to Survive A Death March

When you're drafted into the military, you have a chance of being on the front lines. When you're on the front lines,...

Personalities: "Hell No, We Don't Glow!"

In the southern shadow of the Black Hills sits a small town with a small population...and a big past. Chuck Anderson...

Personalities: Being Volga German in an Anti-German World

The "Germans from Russia" story continues with Drs. Tim Kloberdanz and Harry Delker, experts in German anthropology...

Personalities: How the Volga Germans Came to America

The Dakotas are a product of Native American and northern European cultures. With a deeper look, one can see the...