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History

Our Case for History


Historian Leland Case’s spirit can be felt in certain South Dakota places.

The Last Lakota Code Talker


How Clarence Wolf Guts of the Rosebud Reservation fooled the Japanese.

Judging a Junk Man


“Because some can live on what others waste.”

The Fort Sisseton Kid


Though he steered clear of politics himself, Robert J. Perry knew just how to use them to save a crumbling military fort in northeastern South Dakota.

The Spirit Behind a Tragedy


Rapid City was stunned when a plane carrying six cheerleaders and three community leaders crashed 52 years ago. But the cheerleaders’ memory survives through an award honoring their spirit.

Apostles on the Plains


Stephen Riggs brought his family to Dakota, where they went forth to teach and preach the gospel.

The Murder of Patsy Magner


Yanktonians still wonder who killed the town’s prizefighting bootlegger.

Minnilusa Links Old and New


Meet the sinners and saints who settled the Black Hills. Photo by Johnny Sundby.

South Dakota’s Death Valley


Born in Deadwood, Jim “Death Valley” Scott dominated major league hitters from 1909 to 1917. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Herbert Hoover, The Historian


The USD professor spent a lifetime exploring South Dakota’s “exaggerated diversity.”

Who Lies in the Custer Graves?


Bon Homme County’s oldest mystery involves six forgotten soldiers of Custer’s Seventh Cavalry.

Professor Alexander Pell sits with members of the USD baseball team about 1900.

USD’s Anarchist Professor


USD’s mild-mannered teacher elicited contempt and fear in Russia.

Christmas at Wounded Knee


A humble celebration in hard times.

Stories Beneath the Stones


Young researchers are uncovering the stories of soldiers buried in South Dakota’s national cemeteries. Photo by Buck Lovell.

The Man Who Saved the Buffalo


Scotty Philip gets the credit, but even he has Fred Dupree to thank. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism.

Frontier Phantoms


Ghosts of LeBeau show when the river is low.

Rekindling a Memory


South Dakota’s second-deadliest plane crash may have been forgotten if not for Rapid City’s Harold and Greg Stone.

Doane’s Favorite Places


Doane Robinson is known as a historian, but he was also a visionary, creating places uniquely South Dakotan.

Clamming on the James


Clams once thrived in the clean, steady waters of the James River.

The Dark Tower


Delmont’s contribution to the Cold War.

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