The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives

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Spearfish Fish Hatchery - 1899
USFWS

The facility first known as the Spearfish Fish Cultural Station was established in 1896 by the U.S. Fish Commission. It was built and fully operational by the summer of 1899.

Spearfish Fish Hatchery imageHatchery building - 1899USFWS

DeWitt Clinton Booth served as the hatchery's first superintendent.

D.C. Booth Portrait ImageD.C. Booth - First SuperintendentUSFWS

The original hatching room was set up to handle two million trout eggs.

fish hatchery room imageHatchery room - 1899USFWS

The 1899 facility included the hatchery building, an ice house (left), raceways (center), and a shop (right).

fish hatchery groundsHatchery grounds - 1899USFWS

U.S. Fisheries boats were hauled overland to Yellowstone Lake in Wyoming, where trout eggs were collected and brought to Spearfish.

boats being hauled by wagonsBoats en route to Yellowstone by wagon train.USFWS

More photos:

This video clip describes the establishment and early operations of the fish hatchery.

Images of the Past D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery - Part One The beginnings of the Spearfish hatchery.

This video clip describes the evolution of the fish hatchery and its transition to becoming the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives.

Images of the Past The D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery - Part Two The evolotion of the hatchery and the contemporary facility.

Both video clips were narrated by Deb Jensen. Some of the video content is courtesy of Deadwod History Inc., and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The video clips were produced by Historical Footprints, Inc., Lead, SD.

For Teachers: Activity idea is available at SDPB's Digital Learning Library

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