PIERRE, S.D. – Keystone, S.D., is home to more than just Mount Rushmore. Take a walk back in time on the historical walking tour, or visit the Living History School for an experience straight from the late 1800’s.

"The major emphasis of both programs is to provide a historical experience for our visitors," said Sandra McLain, President, Keystone Area Historical Society. "Children and adults alike will enjoy learning about the history of the City of Keystone and schooling in Old West."

The walking tour boasts 19 different historical sites with descriptions posted at each. Included on the walking tour is the old boarding house, the Big Thunder Gold Mine, historic homes, the Keystone School and much more. The Living History School allows families to experience what it was like to be a student in the late 1800’s.

"The Living History School allows visitors to participate in old-time curriculum, old-time activities and a picnic just like one on "Little House on the Prairie," said McLain. "The walking tour was created three years ago to highlight the structures that helped to create the ‘city of gold’."

The Living History School is in its first year of operation and will be available 1-2 days per week in the Keystone Historical Museum. There is a small fee to participate and reservations are required. The Historic Walking Tour is free to the public.

For more information on these and other programs in Keystone, visit www.keystonechamber.com/kahs or call (605) 666-4566.

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.

The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.