This headframe over an abandoned mineshaft is a well-preserved example
of Western-era structures still present in the Black Hills. Most,
however, are more dilapidated and are unsafe to enter or be near. Those
on US Forest Service managed land have been torn down or burned. Many
of the best remaining examples are on private land and those interested
in viewing them need to obtain land-owners permission for entry.
Caution: Abandoned mine sites may have poorly marked shafts or
dangerous tunnels. Entry to such sites is strongly discouraged.
think of the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876 when they think of Western
of the Black Hills. Yes, this was the area made famous by such dime
legends as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Deadwood Dick, of which there were
dozens. But the
Black Hills are also only minutes
from Wounded Knee, Bear Butte and
other sites important to Native
wanting to know more there are
several good museums that feature Western History, including the Adams
Museum in Deadwood, the Journey Museum in Rapid City, The Custer
Museum in Custer, the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish,
and the Crazy Horse Museum
at the Crazy Horse Monument.
adventurous there's also more than
100 ghost towns in the Black Hills. Most, nowadays, are simply rubble
the forest, but several, such as Spokane near Keystone, are remarkably
well preserved. The Black Hills are also liberally sprinkled with
hundreds of ghost mines (nearly 1,000 have been identified).
These mines may be partially intact or virtually impossible to
find. Many offer great photo opportunities, and come with thier own
somewhat interesting stop for those
interested in Western History is the Backyard at Wall Drug in Wall
features an extensive collection of early photos. Finally, we
have posted a couple of interesting stories right here. Look at our
links for Hugh Glass
and Poker Alice.
More information is available at
Forest Service Page about the Plains Indians