The Collectors

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Most people have at least a few old photos but for some, collecting historical images is a passion.

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Fred W. Farrar: Black Hills Pioneer Photographer

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Mark Slocum - Director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection at the Journey Museum & Learning Center - Rapid City on

Part historian and part artist, Fred Farrar chronicled the Black Hills from the turn of the century through depression of the 1930s.

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Taxidermy, Natural History Education, and Bennie the Bison

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

The Journey Museum and Learning Center is home to a historically significant taxidermy collection.

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Martha Bullock

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Rachel Lovelace-Portal - Curator of Collections - Deadwood History Inc. on

The wife of Seth Bullock brought a degree of sophistication and a sense of civic pride to early Deadwood.

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Tootsie the Coyote

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Carolyn Weber - Executive Director - Deadwood History Inc. on

Deadwood's unofficial mascot of the 1950s gained fame and a long-lived South Dakota legacy.

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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

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

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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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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The Homestake Mining Company Lockout

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Carolyn Weber - Executive Director - Deadwood History Inc. on

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

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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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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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Bringing Back Stagecoach Memories

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

One of the remaining buildings at a stagecoach stop near Custer, South Dakota, will be moved from the old trail to the 1881 Courthouse Museum.

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The 1972 Rapid City Flood

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The second most deadly flood in U.S. history killed 238, injured thousands, and changed the landscape in the heart of Rapid City.

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