Gold Rush

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... September 10, 2018 Show 418 Hour 2

Images of the Past returns to In the Moment.

There is no symbol of the past comparable to the stagecoach. This transportation method became essential in the 1800s, especially in the Black Hills area. The stagecoach era left a mark in almost every town and village during the “gold rush” of the Black Hills

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, joined In The Moment for a look back at stagecoaches in South Dakota.   


Gary Enright of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer discusses Anna Donna Tallent in this week's Images of the Past segment. Tallent was the first school teacher and first white woman in the Black Hills. Her entrance into the then-forbidden Black Hills tells the story of how people of all backgrounds transcended their differences in order to seek riches in during the gold rush.

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.