Railroads played a crucial role in the development of the state. They provided safe and reliable transportation connecting the frontier to the rest of the nation. While it’s been about a century since their peak, railroads are still vital in supporting the state’s agriculture-dominated economy.
The South Dakota Railroad Museum in Hill City tells the history of the state's railways. The museum is located next to the Black Hills Central Railroad, which operates the 1880 Train. It's funded by donations and grants. On Friday, August 28, the museum holds its Hobo Nights fundraising event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Museum director Rick Mills joined Dakota Midday.