If you'd like to read a bit more about South Dakota history, geology
or climbing, check out these titles at Amazon.com by clicking the links
The Golden Years
A very good history of the famous town and its inhabitants during the
Gold Rush of 1876 and after
Hills Ghost Towns and Others
The definitive work, with locations and many photographs of towns, mines
and wide spots in the road.
in the Plains: A Black Hills Natural History
(Edward Raventon -- out of print)
If you can find it, this is a terrific book on discovering the natural
beauty that is the Black Hills. Amazon will try to special order it if
you ask them to locate it.
The best guide to climbing routes in the Needles, the Chessmen, Cathedral
Spires. Also includes a decent history of climbing in the Hills.
South Dakota's Black Hills Country
(Robert C. Gildart, Bert Gildart, Jane T. Gildart)
The Falcon guide includes many of the classic trails and a few gems.
the Black Hills & Badlands
Another good hiking resource.