June 29, 2021

History on the Lawn at the Historic Adams House: The Ghost Town of Tinton, South Dakota

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Chris Hills at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren Street, Deadwood. The lecture is free to Deadwood History members and $5 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your lunch and a lawn chair. For more information call 605-722-4800. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.

Established in 1903, the town of Tinton, South Dakota, now sits abandoned and alone in the last untouched area of the Northern Hills. During its fifty years of existence it shined as a juxtaposition against the well-earned reputation of the Black Hills being a gold mining region. While its mines did produce gold, they also rendered tin, mica, tantalite, feldspar, and spodumene. Hills will explain how the town's life was influenced by its non-traditional products and why it ultimately failed.

Historian, writer, and conservationist, Chris Hills has actively researched and explored the Tinton Mining Region for the last thirty-three years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Black Hills State University and a Masters of Arts in history from Arkansas State University. Hills lives in Spearfish, but on his best days he can be found at his cabin near Tinton where he continues his reconsideration and appreciation of the past.

History on the Lawn is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau, and Saloon No. 10.


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