05.15.2018 - 05.17.2018
First, in case you are wondering why they are called the Black Hills, just look at these photos.
The drive from Deadwood, South Dakota to Spearfish travels through Spearfish Canyon, a limestone canyon carved by the Spearfish River. It's full of waterfalls, winding roads, Spruce, Aspen, Cottonwood, and Pine. It's one of the loveliest canyons I've ever seen. Check it out.
In Spearfish, we went to the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. It was a really interesting place with a lot of history and some HUGE trout in the ponds.
Deadwood & Lead
Deadwood is a town with a ton of history, in fact the entire town is a National Historic Landmark.
This is where Wild Bill Hickok was shot during a card game and buried. Calamity Jane also lived there and is buried next to him. It's mostly a gambling town now with the historic strip loaded with bars and casinos. In truth, it's been our least favorite stop in SD.
Above it, is the town of Lead, which is really interesting. The town is built around a mine on the top of a mountain and the streets rise and fall precipitously around it. The Homestake Mine is the largest, deepest, and most productive gold mine in the Western Hemisphere. It closed in 2002 and now houses the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory where they are testing for neutrinos (dark matter).
South Dakota has been a ton of fun and so beautiful. But we're off to Wyoming...
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