in the period following discovery of gold in the Black Hills, many
mining communities sprung up. From 1876 to the early 1900's these
mines flourished and died, leaving behind the artifacts and detritus
of their operations. Many of these towns have since faded into memory;
in some instances, a few houses and mine workings remain.
Tinton, in the Northwestern Black Hills, is probably the best preserved.
Carbonate, Cascade, Mineral Hill, Galena--all are pretty much gone
now. Other towns such as Deadwood and Lead, Hill City and Custer
still thrive, due in large part to the tourist industry.
In the next few months, I'll be adding a pictorial history of the
towns that are no more. Many of the photographs come from the collection
of Dr. Watson Parker, author of several books
on the Black Hills.