Topics: Black Hills, History, South Dakota
Community: Hill City
Program Types: Speakers Bureau
Mileposts on the Mickelson Trail
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. 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. Program can be edited to better suit the local community or group as requested.
Dakota Decadence – Railroad Stories From Flyover Country
From Ardmore to Zell, and Belle Fourche to Yankton, the railroads of South Dakota are a study in some of the most unique railroad construction and operations in our Nation. Mills presents a varied PowerPoint look of the people, places, and trains which have operated across the hills and plains of Dakota Territory since the early 1870s, and offers time throughout for questions and discussion. Program can be edited to suit.
Panics, Personalities, and Politics – Case Histories in Dakota Railroading
“Did you hear the one about…?” Mills presents a varied PowerPoint program and discussion for a personal look at some of the people, places, and trains which have influenced South Dakota. The railroad community found its way into a myriad of social, economic, and political institutions across the Land of Infinite Variety. Program can be edited to better suit the local community or group as requested.