Homestake Mine - Construction and Mining in the 1930s

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Film shot in the middle to late 1930s shows the construction of a Lead, South Dakota landmark. The film also shows miners at work in what was once the world's deepest gold mine.

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West River Children's Hospital & Polio Center - 1949

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A film shot just after the 1948 polio epidemic shows what was done to help South Dakota kids afflicted with the disease.

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The Gordon Stockade

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The Stockade was built to shelter and protect the Black Hills' first gold seekers.

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Henry and Charles Robinson, Mount Moriah’s Caretakers

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

Father and son undertakers looked after Deadwood's famous cemetery from the 1880s through the 1930s.

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The Belle Fourche Sugar Plant

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota was once at the center of a thriving sugar industry.

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The Lead Subsidence

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Years of undermining caused portions of Lead, South Dakota to sink into the ground during the 1920s and '30s. Much of the town was moved during the period, but many homes and businesses were lost.

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Teddy Belonged to the West

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Teddy Roosevelt's experiences in the Dakotas as a young man strongly influenced his personality and character.

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Rails, Trails, and Roads of the Black Hills

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A 30-minute documentary about how transportation has evolved in the Black Hills and surrounding area.

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Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood

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In Deadwood, Wild Bill is probably better known for being dead than alive. Hickok lived there for only a month but his grave has been a local tourist attraction for decades.

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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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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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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 Majestic Buffalo

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

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

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...

Personalities: Huron Native Candace Hilligoss on Her 1962 Cult Film Classic, "Carnival of Souls"

Candace Hilligoss grew up in Huron during the 1940s and 1950s and graduated from Huron high school. After three...