January 3, 2023

Preservation Thursday: Mileposts on the Mickelson Trail

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar and Director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum Rick Mills at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is free and wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

One hundred and ten miles of former railroad line through the Black Hills have again transformed the region – the first time was as a pioneering railroad operation and since 1989 again as a recreational mecca setting the mark for economic growth. South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar, photographer, museum curator, and railroad enthusiast Rick Mills provides a varied PowerPoint look at discussion about the people, places, and trains which have made the Mickelson Trail popular for over 130 years.  Fall colors along the Mickelson Trail near Hill City SD

Rick Mills of Hermosa is a fifth generation resident of western South Dakota, and a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He currently serves as the Director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City, a position he has held since the museum opened in 2010. Mills wrote and published his first book on railroad history in 1985 while a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and has since authored six books on regional railroad history, co-authored and contributed to four other books, produced articles, scripts, and photo essays for history publications and video productions. He has been involved with programming for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Double Tree by Hilton at Cadillac Jacks, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Black Hills Pioneer.


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