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

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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?

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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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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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"Personalities" with Chuck Anderson. Vintage radio interviews with well known and not so well known South Dakotans.

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...

Personalities: Baxter Black

The nation knows his tongue-in-cheek performances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson . People from the heartland...

Personalities: Roy and Lucille Fitz Pt. II

In this continuation of the story of Roy and Lucille Fitz, the De Smet couple discusses the reality of the...

Personalities: Roy and Lucille Fitz, Part 1

Sadly, we're losing senior South Dakotans able to share first-hand remembrances of what life was like here in the...