Railroad Capital of the Black Hills

You can learn a lot about trains in Hill City, even though it was a late bloomer with railroading. The first steam engines arrived in the Black Hills in the late 1870s to serve Homestake Mine at Lead. In 1957, two sentimental railroad officials started the Black Hills Central Railroad at Hill City. The Warder family has kept the trains going since 1990 — thrilling tens of thousands of passengers every year with daily excursions to and from Keystone. The Warders’ 1880 Train has starred in several movies. It is also featured in a new book by Sean Covel, the producer of Napoleon Dynamite. Several years ago, the South Dakota Railroad Museum was established next to the train depot. Even the rare person who doesn’t love trains will enjoy Hill City railroading.

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