“Wild Blue Yonder” – Celebrating 75 Years of Ellsworth Air Force Base

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Ellsworth Air Force Base east of Rapid City has been a part of America's defense strategy since 1942.

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A Look Into the South Dakota State Archives

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An ever-increasing number of historical photos, documents, and records can be accessed online.

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Building Big Bend Dam - 1959-1964

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The last-built of the big Missouri River dams has a unique feature.

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Custer's Historic Stage Coach

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A relic of early Black Hills transportation is still on display at a Custer museum.

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The Life of Libby Custer

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After his death at the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer's wife spent 57 years writing and speaking throughout the country, clearing away any criticism people and historians had regarding her husband.

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Heritage of Arms

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A look at guns in the history and culture of South Dakota

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South Dakota's "Superwolves"

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Some of the last wolves to roam freely in South Dakota were notorious for their aggressiveness and cunning.

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South Dakota in World War One - An Airman's Story

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After the war, bomber pilot Fred Christopherson worked for 33 years as the managing editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

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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 Cane of John Blair Smith Todd

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This cane was owned by one of the most influential men in early Dakota Territory and witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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W. H. Illingworth - 1874 Custer Expedition Photographer

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Photographer William H. Illingworth documented Custer's historic 1874 foray into the Black Hills.

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Launching the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

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A recently-restored audio recording captures the essence of the historic event.

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Nell Perrigoue - Women in Local History

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Nell Perrigoue was an active and accomplished Deadwood leader for many years.

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The Missouri River Flood of 1881

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A devastating spring flood changed Yankton, Vermillion, and other river towns forever.

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The Lumber Industry in the Black Hills

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The first business in the first town in the Black Hills was a sawmill.

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