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A Depression Christmas

December 23, 2014
Sometimes the best celebrations happen in the bleakest of times.

The Mammoth Man


Remembering Larry Agenbroad, leader of Hot Springs’ Mammoth Site.

The Cattleman's Blizzard


Remembering the devastating Winter Storm Atlas, one year later. Photo by Rachel Reinhold

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.

Jesse James Was Here. We Think.

August 5, 2014
There are Big Foot sightings. UFO sightings. And we still get new reports of Jesse James sightings in our part of the Old West.

Pitching To Bill Prunty


Here’s what happened when a teenager faced a legendary slugger. Photo by Christian Begeman

Grace Balloch’s Books

July 2, 2014
One woman’s gift became the seed for Spearfish’s public library.

The Woman Behind the Mountain


Ruth Ziolkowski gently, but firmly, shepherded the Crazy Horse carving.

Sigurd Anderson served as state Attorney General, governor and was a member of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Judge


Sigurd Anderson was a major part of South Dakota government for half a century.

While in South Dakota, Silent Cal took a ride in a lumber wagon.

A Presidential Summer


Calvin Coolidge’s three-week vacation in the Black Hills became a three-month retreat from Washington.

Aberdeen native John Cacavas, a successful Hollywood composer, died in January at age 83.

Music Man


Remembering composer and Aberdeen native John Cacavas.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Stranded in Quinn

December 18, 2013
When a fierce blizzard stopped West River travellers, a tiny Badlands town took them in.

McMaster's Gas War

August 28, 2013
When oil companies raised their prices so high it threatened farmers’ livelihood, Gov. McMaster put South Dakota in the fuel business.

A Pioneer of Flight


Though she couldn't hear her airplane engine's roar, Nellie Willhite still became South Dakota’s first lady of the air. 

Nobody Yelled 'Kill the Umpire!'


A Hudson baseball legend brought civility to America's pastime.

Discovering The Verendrye Plate


One hundred years ago, Ethel Parish and her friends found history on a Ft. Pierre hilltop.

The Union County Courthouse in Elk Point was packed during the trial of Nile Cochran, an Iowa farmer accused of killing trucker R. D. Markell. Library of Congress photo.

Elk Point Tragedy


Desperation drove local farmers to take a Union County trucker’s life in the Dirty Thirties.

A Spirited Pioneer Promoter

January 15, 2013
Wilmot Brookings left his mark on two towns, one county and the history of South Dakota.

Portions of the ghost town of Spokane, South Dakota still stand. Photo by Chad Coppess of SD Tourism.

Ghost Town Friends


A Hill City historian and his boyhood pal brought the Black Hills’ past back to life.

The surveyor s house was a sturdy and comfortable haven from the cold of a fierce Dakota winter for the Ingalls family in 1879. Photo by Colin Faulkingham.

Thanksgiving on the Prairie


De Smet's first Thanksgiving inspired a lesson in gratitude that still resonates today.

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