ghost towns

Historian Bill Swanson discusses the national interests that made the Gold Rush into the Black Hills a necessity. We’ll talk about the economic, political, and military factors that guaranteed the Black Hills would be “invaded.”

Bill Swanson teaches at Lemmon High School. He has been teaching about Black Hills ghost towns through the Black Hills Learning Center since 1999. His lecture on the Gold Rush into the Black Hills is part of Picnic on the Lawn at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood, Friday, June 24 at noon.

Victoria Wicks

By Victoria Wicks
Bruce Raisch, who calls himself the Ghost Town Hunter, says he comes to South Dakota once or twice a year because the state is rich with abandoned towns and landmarks. On his constant travels, he gathers material for his books, which include Ghost Towns and Other Historical Sites of the Black Hills. During a recent trip, he stopped to visit with SDPB’s Victoria Wicks about his exploits and what he’s learned over the years.

http://www.theghosttownhunter.com/