Archives for the ‘Discoveries’ Category

Deadwood:  A True Western Town Deadwood: A True Western Town By | Jan 6th, 2009 | Category: Discoveries The city of Deadwood has been recognized for its historic and tourist attracting features.  Deadwood ranks No. among the 2009 Top Ten True Western Towns chosen by True West magazine. Deadwood has long been known for its historic preservation and restoration.  Just taking a walk down the cobblestone Main Street surrounded by preserved casinos and […]
Shave and a Haircut? No, Just an Abandoned Mine. Shave and a Haircut? No, Just an Abandoned Mine. By | Dec 31st, 2008 | Category: Discoveries Dan has been a video-posting fool, so I thought I’d jump into the party and add one of my own. Jerry Bryant, our friendly neighborhood archeologist, passed along this MySpace vid of the entrance to the Two Bit mine just a couple of miles outside Deadwood. The camera person doesn’t go past the entrance, but […]
A Fresh Pair of Eyes A Fresh Pair of Eyes By | Dec 31st, 2008 | Category: Discoveries Photographer Kristina Barker brings a fresh pair of eyes to Black Hills photojournalism. A transplant from the Bay Area of California, she’s been shooting for the Rapid City Journal for about a year now. Her blog,, recently featured several photos of Deadwood. She shot them during an assignment for the Journal. (I have to […]
Along the Deerfield Road Along the Deerfield Road By | Dec 26th, 2008 | Category: Discoveries There’s an old ranch along the Rochford-to-Deerfield Road that I’ve always found interesting. Named the Reynolds Ranch, it looks as if is frozen in time. The metal-clad barn is in near perfect condition.  The ranch sits in a beautiful valley, almost at the base of White Tail Peak. Castle Creek runs nearby. The whole place […]
A Tour de Christmas Lights Without Getting Cold A Tour de Christmas Lights Without Getting Cold By | Dec 23rd, 2008 | Category: Discoveries Let’s face it – it’s wicked cold outside. Way colder than normal, and not just in the Black Hills. Everyone in the country seems to be chillier than average, as the poor folks at Soldier Field found out last night firsthand during the Bears-Packers game. The ESPN camera crew would pan over the crowd and […]
The Hills Have Eyes! The Hills Have Eyes! By | Dec 21st, 2008 | Category: Discoveries I told you yesterday that there’s a lot of snow in the Hills this winter.I know, I know. You’ve heard that before. But you don’t have to take my word for it, because the Hills Have Eyes! The winter sports industry has a reputation of overstating its snow conditions. When I worked at the newspaper, […]
Road trippin’ with $1.34 gas? Road trippin’ with $1.34 gas? By | Dec 17th, 2008 | Category: Discoveries Talk about a turnaround. The price of midgrade gasoline at some Rapid City stations today stands at $1.34 per gallon, after dipping briefly to an amazing $1.25 per gallon over the weekend. Considering how high gas prices were last summer, it’s almost hard to believe. I remember paying well over $4 just six months ago. […]
Bighorns, not just another roadside attraction Bighorns, not just another roadside attraction By | Dec 9th, 2008 | Category: Discoveries In most places, traffic jams are a pain in the neck. But in Rapid City lately, the traffic-stoppers have been bighorn sheep on Jackson Boulevard near the Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery. And nobody seems to mind yielding the right-of-way to these impressive animals. For their part, the bighorns seem pretty oblivious to us. They graze […]
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