Riding the Rails, Hot Springs – Keystone

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1880 Train
1880 Train

How many noisy, steam-belching industries can you think of that are universally loved?  The Black Hills has one:  the 1880 Train, a genuine steam locomotive that hauls passengers between Hill City and Keystone and back several times daily.  The rails pass through Black Hills granite country, offering great views of Harney Peak.  Select dates feature old west shootouts, or wine or craft beer tasting.  But just as memorable are the sights, sounds and smells of old-time railroading.  And right next door to the Hill City depot is the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, with hands-on exhibits that interpret and celebrate South Dakota's rich railroading heritage.

Photos by Allison Syman

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Paul writes about the Black Hills for in-flight airline publications, academic magazines, South Dakota Magazine, public TV, newspapers and websites. He is the author of five books, all Black Hills themed. He lives in the Black Hills. He's obviously no Renaissance Man with varied interests, but if the Black Hills are your thing, he's your guy.

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