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Lawrence County: History Lives


PIERRE, S.D. – History lives in Lawrence County. Hear tales of the early pioneering days in the Black Hills communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish and Whitewood.

Discover lingering legacies at Deadwood’s Adams Museum & House. The Adams Museum is the oldest history museum in the Black Hills. The museum was built in 1930 by W.E. Adams as a memorial to his family and the early pioneers that settled the Black Hills. The Historic Adams House was originally built in 1892 and has undergone an extensive restoration. Learn the story of two 19th century families in this Victorian mansion.

Mining played a major role in the settlement of the Black Hills. The Black Hills Mining Museum, located in Lead, pays tribute to this rich heritage. Learn the history of this important industry through informational exhibits and activities.

Tatanka: Story of the Bison is a captivating attraction that portrays the history of bison in the Black Hills and their connection to Native Americans. The centerpiece of this destination is a bronze sculpture featuring 14 bison being pursued by three Native American horseback riders. Also featured are a hands-on educational center and a gift shop.

All ages will enjoy the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. Established in 1896, the hatchery hosts the historic Booth house, the Fish Culture Hall of Fame, fishponds, an underwater viewing area, a gift shop and a historic railroad fish car.

The High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish is a five state regional museum honoring old west pioneers and Native Americans. The center showcases western artifacts, beautiful artwork and intriguing memorabilia. Exhibits include the original Spearfish to Deadwood stagecoach, a full-scale blacksmith and saddle shop, and others depicting life on the high plains. Outdoor exhibits include turn-of-the century buildings and antique equipment.

Take in stunning mountain scenery along a 20-mile route through the Spearfish Canyon. Marvel at the lush foliage of spruce, pine, aspen, birch and oak. The bubbling Spearfish Creek flows along the canyon bottom. Breathtaking waterfalls cascade from steep limestone walls.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota's 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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