The 1972 Rapid City Flood

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

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

Read More

National Historic Places of Custer County

Posted by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer, Images courtesy 1881 Courthouse Museum unless otherwise noted. on

The western South Dakota county boasts some 50 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Read More

Jack Hale: Black Hills Pioneer

Last Updated by Text by Carolyn Weber - Executive Director - Deadwood History Inc. on

Wagon freighter, State Senator, Rancher... Jack Hale accomplished a lot in the early days of Black Hills settlement.

Read More

The Double Christening of the Battleship South Dakota, 1941

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

Why South Dakota's namesake WWII battleship was christened twice.

Read More

Early Girl Scouts of the Black Hills

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

The Girl Scouts have been active in the Black Hills since 1917.

Read More

Seth Bullock's Cowboy Brigade

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

Seth Bullock led a cadre of cowboys rode in Teddy Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade. The were the stars of the show and every man had a unique story.

Read More

The Dubious Character of Miss Inez Sexton

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

On her own in early Deadwood, even a reputable woman could be targeted by nefarious entrepreneurs.

Read More

Sioux Falls Theaters "From Stage to Screen"

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Adam Nelson - Marketing Coordinator - Siouxland Heritage Museums - Sioux Falls on

Sioux Falls' live-production theaters of the 1880s changed with the times.

Read More

A Look Into the South Dakota State Archives

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

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

Read More

Custer's Historic Stage Coach

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

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

Read More

The 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin - Belle Fourche

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

The story behind this frontier home's origin is one of adventure, deceit, and romance.

Read More

A World War II Vet's Chance Encounter With Frank Sinatra - 1944

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

Rapid City resident Bill Lofgren was in basic training in Los Angeles in 1944. While hitchhiking on Sunset Boulevard, he and several buddies got an unexpected ride from Frank Sinatra and a memorable night on the town.

Read More

South Dakota's "Superwolves"

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

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

Read More

Presidential Visits to South Dakota - Calvin Coolidge

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

President Coolidge and his wife Grace spent most of the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills.

Read More

The Cane of John Blair Smith Todd

Posted by Brian Gevik, Photos Courtesy Dakota Territorial Museum unless otherwise noted., Text provided by Dakota Territorial Museum - Yankton on

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

Read More

"Personalities with Chuck Anderson"

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

Remembering South Dakota Native Hubert Humphrey

Hubert H. Humphrey was one of the most prominent politicians and policy-makers in the United States from the mid...

Personalities: Col. Chuck "Sam" Gemar - South Dakota Astronaut

Chuck Gemar was born in Yankton and graduated from Scotland high school in 1973. He was accepted into the United...

Personalities: Jim McKinney, Fmr. SDSU Band Director

Jim McKinney came to South Dakota State University in 1975 and was SDSU's band director from 1983 until his...

Personalities: A Pearl Harbor Survivor's Story

Charles "Chuck" Isakson (1917-1997), a Webster native and longtime Huron resident, was among some 50 South Dakotans...

Personalities: Joe Foss

Radio host Chuck Anderson traveled to Joe Foss's Scottsdale, Arizona home in 1996 for an interview with one of the...

Personalities: Amy Burnett

Amy Burnett is one of the best South Dakota basketball players ever. Burnett grew up in Huron and led Huron High to...

Personalities: George Hall, Creator and Collector of South Dakota History

While many bookworms spend their time cocooned in public libraries and bookstores searching for the next great story,...

Personalities: The South Dakota State Fair

The South Dakota State Fair is different every year and yet it never really changes. It's a capstone experience for...