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Hill City

Hill City is known for being “The Heart of the Hills,” and as one would expect from a town with such a moniker, it has had its ups and downs. Founded in 1876, Hillyo, as its first residents called it, was the second settlement to spring up in the Black Hills during the gold rush of the 1870s and the first settlement to be founded in what would become Pennington County. Prospectors traveled to the area to try their luck in the nearby Spring Creek. However, once word spread about richer finds found in the Northern Hills near the new town of Deadwood, the town was nearly abandoned. By one report, the only residents that stuck around were “one man and his dog.”

This was not the end of the resilient mountain town, however. In the mid-1880s another profitable metal was found in the hills surrounding the small town: tin. The discovery of this soft metal brought wealthy investors to the area and sparked a major boom for the town. The Harney Peak Tin Mining, Milling, and Manufacturing Company was the prominent group hoping to strike it rich on this soft metal and made Hill City its headquarters. 

Latest News

  • Hill City Implements Comprehensive Plan
    Hill City Implements Comprehensive Plan Hill City has officially implemented its comprehensive plan, reports KOTA News. The last comprehensive plan for the city was conducted in 1984.  Final revisions to…
    Written on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:39
  • Early Voting Begins in Pennington County
    Early Voting Begins in Pennington County Rapid City and Hill City residents are ready to start voting. According to the Rapid City Journal, May 22 marks the first day of early…
    Written on Monday, 22 May 2017 16:02
  • Hill City Prepares New Comprehensive Plan
    Hill City Prepares New Comprehensive Plan The Hill City Planning and Zoning Commission is close to completing a new comprehensive plan for the city, reports KOTA News. The theme for the…
    Written on Friday, 12 May 2017 19:24
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