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Memorial Day weekend

Tuesday 12, May 2015

Keystone downtown800Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer travel season, especially for places such as Keystone. Thousands of visitors arrive, kids in tow, to shake off the winter doldrums, get outdoors and see the sights of the Black Hills. 

If you live with 400 miles of the Black Hills, it’s a good chance for a weekend family getaway. Often families who live farther away schedule longer vacations around the holiday to get an extra paid day off.

train smoke 550With a piercing train whistle and the husky whoosh of steam, the 1880 Train pulls into the Keystone train station several times a day between May and September. After a shopping break, and a new load of passengers, the train heads back to Hill City. It's an experience that modern visitors still find fascinating.

The hulking locomotive looks a bit out of place amid the shorts-and-sandals crowd of summer Keystone. But in fact, the 1880 Train is right at home in the Black Hills. The railroad line between Keystone and Hill City was constructed in the 1890s (not the 1880s, but that's another story) and served the region’s miners, merchants and tourist for decades.

North By Northwest

Tuesday 28, Apr 2015

Came across this trailer for "North by Northwest" one of Alfred Hitchcock's classics. Mount Rushmore has a starrring role.

Keystone, South Dakota, April 22, 2015 - The Keystone Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dolsee Davenport as their new Executive Director. The board of directors had several qualified candidates apply and interview for this coveted position, and Davenport certainly stood out from the crowd. She is expected to start the position on May 5, 2015.

Name that tunnel!

Thursday 12, Mar 2015

Doane Robinson Tunnel 630When the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Naming Committee set out to name the tunnels in the Keystone-Custer State Park area, we’re guessing they never even considered names such as Sound Your Horn or Falling Rock.

Good thing. Their aim was to reduce, not increase, confusion over identifying the tunnels. There are seven tunnels, and it gets confusing -- especially if you are reporting an accident. That’s why the South Dakota Department of Transportation formed the committee.