Rick Mills

Topics: American Old West, History, South Dakota

Community: Hermosa

Program Types: Speakers Bureau

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Mileposts on the Mickelson Trail – A 130-Year Retrospective
As residents and visitors walk the George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills, conversation often turns to the trail’s railroad history. South Dakota State Railroad Museum Curator Rick Mills provides a PowerPoint program detailing the Trail’s 110 miles of history in photos and stories – stretching from Edgemont to the terminus at Deadwood.

Fifteen Decades of Dakota Railroading
Sixty images – Fifteen decades… South Dakota State Railroad Museum Curator Rick Mills provides a PowerPoint program that takes a concise look at Dakota railroading from 1861 until today. Plenty of time for questions and comments as we roll through history – by rail.

South Dakota’s Railroading Icons
South Dakota State Railroad Museum Curator Rick Mills narrates a PowerPoint program of historic and personal images detailing the icons and symbols of South Dakota’s varied railroading legacy. Join us for the People, Places, and Trains of South Dakota. Rick Mills of Hermosa is a fifth-generation resident of the Black Hills region in 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’s opening 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 five books on regional railroad history, co-authored and contributed to seven 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, and is a presenter for the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. 

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