This Is What South Dakota Looked Like 100 Years Ago... It May Surprise You
South Dakota history is rich and fascinating. It’s crazy to think of the differences between life 100 years ago and now. Seeing images from way back when can transport us to those earlier times. Although so much has changed, there are some things that never will. South Dakota’s epic scenery and hard-working way of life are here to stay.
1. Deadwood Gulch.
Home of some of the largest gold deposits that caused the Black Hills Gold Rush.
2. The Battle of Wounded Knee.
Also known as the Wounded Knee Massacre, this fateful battle happened on Pine Ridge Reservation. Over 200 Lakota people were murdered this day and even more were injured.
3. Burning of the Evans-Gordon Train.
Near Wounded Knee Creek, this photo shows just how tense times have been in the state of South Dakota.
4. Horse racing of Sioux Indians near Fort Pierre.
Horse racing is one similarity from life 100 years ago to life today. Many people still enjoy horse racing and the culture around it.
5. Sioux Falls.
Before so many of our buildings and businesses existed, Sioux Falls looked like this!
6. In the trenches at Pine Ridge.
Photos of Pine Ridge and the battles that took place show up again and again in our history. It's important not to forget the devastating events that took place here.
7. Sheep Mountain.
Native Americans riding horses near Sheep Mountain provide a stunning sight.
8. The opening of the fight at Wounded Knee.
Wounded Knee is an important part of South Dakota history and this photo brings us face to face with the reality of it.
9. Sioux Falls showing American flag.
Another, different view of Sioux Falls. This one shows the American Flag hung above the downtown street.
10. Plenty Horses' trial. Native Americans.
Plenty Horses was a Lakota man who was accused of and taken to trial for the murder of Army Lieutenant Edward W. Casey. This prominent trial took place in Sturgis.
After this glimpse into South Dakota life 100 years ago, what surprised you most?
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