Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Once thought to be extinct, the discovery of a small colony of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming allowed the species to be repopulated and reintroduced across the country. On August 18th,…
On August 11, 1952 a commemorative stamp of Mount Rushmore was released by the United States Postal Service in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the monument.…
While few Americans would recognize the name Martha Cannary, the name Calamity Jane brings images of the Wild West into the minds of many. Calamity was a woman of the…
On July 23, 1894 a statue of American political leader and soldier John A. Logan was dedicated at the Hot Springs Veterans Home. Fred Evans, local entrepreneur and developer of…
Ten years ago on July 10, 2007, the National Science Foundation selected the Homestake Gold Mine in Deadwood to become a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). The closure…
With ample “Old West” buildings and a storied history, the City of Deadwood was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark on July 4, 1961. Deadwood is one of sixteen…
On June 29, 1911, President Taft signed a proclamation which opened over 450,000 acres on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations, as reported by The Evening Times in Grand Forks,…
In June 1905, the mayor of Deadwood and Lawrence County officials announced a gambling in Deadwood that would take effect in July, as reported by the New York Times. As…
Nine days after the 1972 Rapid City and Black Hills Flood, First Lady Pat Nixon visited Rapid City to attend a memorial service, as originally reported by the New York…
Forty-five years ago on June 9, 1972, torrential rains caused the Canyon Lake Dam to fail and sent water rushing through Rapid CIty. More than ten inches of rainfall over…
Although he was elected governor in 1954 by a wide margin, decorated World War II veteran Joe Foss made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 1950 when he faced off against incumbent Attorney General…
In May 1912, the Rapid City Business Men’s club called a meeting to discuss the development of central organization to develop tourism in the region, as originally reported in The…
In mid-May 1937, tourists began arriving at Reptile Gardens. There was only one problem: the construction of the building was not complete. Not wanting to lose potential revenue, founder Earl Brockelsby…
In May 1900, the Homestake Mine produced $185,000 worth of gold ore every fifteen days, according to The Sumpter Miner. In order to maximize production at the mine, a new…
On May 2, 1943, Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie gave an impassioned speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Willkie spoke critically of individuals with a “get mine” attitude concerning…
On April 29 1868, the second Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed by several bands of Lakota and Dakota leaders. The treaty provided for “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation”…
On April 19th, 1893, over a hundred Lakota men, women and children, including many notable figures such as Red Cloud, Kicking Bear, and Short Bull, arrived in Chicago to participate…
In April 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt invited his friend Seth Bullock to visit him in London, England. In his autobiography, Roosevelt recalled their first meeting, in which Bullock was…
In April 1921, South Dakota Attorney General Byron Payne announced his intent to enforce South Dakota’s blue laws. Blue laws, also known as Sunday laws, prohibit certain activities on Sunday,…
In April 1956, a run-off election for a city commission seat in Newell turned out 75 percent of the town’s eligible voters. A total of 321 votes were cast in…
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