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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.

 

 

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