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Black Hills, South Dakota

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The Black Hills are a small, isolated mountain range rising from the Great Plains of North America in western South Dakota and extending into Wyoming, United States. Black Elk Peak, which rises to 7244ft, is the range's highest summit. The Black Hills encompass the Black Hills National Forest. The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota ''''. The hills were so-called because of their dark appearance from a distance, as they were covered in trees.Native Americans have a long history in the Black Hills. After conquering the Cheyenne in 1776, the Lakota took over the territory of the Black Hills, which became central to their culture. In 1868, the U.S. government signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, establishing the Great Sioux Reservation west of the Missouri River, and exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement forever. However, when settlers discovered gold there in 1874, as a result of George Armstrong Custer's Black Hills Expedition, miners swept into the area in a gold rush. The US government took back the Black Hills and in 1889 reassigned the Lakota, against their wishes, to five smaller reservations in western South Dakota, selling off 9 million acres of their former land. Unlike most of South Dakota, the Black Hills were settled by European Americans primarily from population centers to the west and south of the region, as miners flocked there from earlier gold boom locations in Colorado and Montana.
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  • August 24, 2017
    We went back to the Black Hills again this summer, stayed six nights in the camper cabins at Stockade Lake inside Custer SP. Great place to recharge the batteries while still getting out and about for...  more »
  • April 4, 2017
    We wish we had planned to stay there longer, there's a lot to explore in this Black Hills area. After visiting Mount Rushmore National Park, we went to Custer State Park. On the way we saw the beautif...  more »
  • August 24, 2016
    We went to the black hills this summer to see the Teton ,mount Rushmore,the pine trees,we went on picnics,some short walks a lot of sight seeing.  more »

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