The Red Bicycle

In our museum we are fortunate to have a bicycle donated to us by Alice Gooby Petranek. It belonged to Alice’s mother, Della Rodd Gooby. This bicycle has curved wooden handlebars and wooden tire rims, which date it to the 1890s. It is similar in looks to the Thomas Board Track Racer, but unfortunately has […]

Sacagawea’s Son

  Sacagawea’s Son by Marion Tinling Do you remember Sacagawea from the Lewis and Clark expedition? She is the brave, very young woman who guided the Corps of Discovery through the wilderness of North America. In portraits of Sacagawea there is usually a small baby riding on her back. This baby, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, was […]

Wooden Water Pipes

In our collection we are fortunate to have two sections of wooden water pipe that ran in from City Springs along the Red Water River, providing water to Belle Fourche beginning in 1907. A hydro-electric plant was built alongside the river in 1926. Why wooden pipes? Wood was inexpensive, readily available, and proven to last […]

We Have New Books in the Gift Shop!

Our store manager, Lou, always keeps us stocked with the best historical writings about our area, and local authors are prevalent on our shelves.   There are so many tempting titles, but I’ll whet your appetite with just three for now. I haven’t read them yet, but they are in my To-Be-Read stack. Cowboy Life: […]

Wilbur’s Christmas Gift

North Dakota rancher and cowboy poet Rodney Nelson has crafted a story/poem about an amiable old cowboy who wants to give a Christmas gift to his little friends at the rural school, but can’t quite come up with a practical idea. When inspiration finally hits, Wilbur begins to fear that his gift will be too […]

“The Black Hills Yesterday & Today” authored by Paul Horsted

Everything old is new again in Horsted’s book. Over the course of four years Mr. Horsted searched through photographs from 50 collections around the Black Hills region, choosing pictures taken between 1874 and 1935, of scenes and events in the Black Hills area. He then traveled to those locations to photograph the exact same site […]

The Mayflower Spoons

Just a set of three small, old silver spoons, made sometime before 1620. Bent, tarnished, worn, not much to look at. And yet closer scrutiny reveals designs on each spoon. Long ago, some craftsman took the time to embellish these otherwise ordinary utensils. Each spoon has a different decoration on the back of the bowl, […]