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Black Hills Trails of Time

A Photographic History of the Black Hills on CD-ROMs

Order from: Ed Gerken, Trails of Time Publishing, POB 747, Hill City, SD 57745    Telephone:(605)574-2051   
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Both Volumes Complete on one CD

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Updated March 6, 2012

Volume One CD-ROM - Hill City and the Central Black Hills

Above: Old Standby Mine at Rochford.

22 categories, 410 photos, plus newspapers, vintage advertisements, maps and articles. Order your copy today!

Mac or PC compatible, runs on any web browser.

Just $14.95

Relive a chapter of the old pioneer days in the Historic Black Hills of South Dakota with this glimpse into their spirited past. A collection of over 400 high-resolution photos show homesteading, railroads, people and places, scenic views, plus many Black Hills towns, mines and historic events.

View some sample photos here: 

 Hill City Photos    Scenic Black Hills    Historic Views    Mining 

NOTE: These pics are highly compressed.
Photos on the CD are in much higher resolution than these small samples.

Travel back in time to see Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Sylvan Lake and other historic places. View the Stratobowl launchings and visit the camps of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Particular attention is paid to the "Heart of the Hills". Over 70 images depict historic Hill City, known back then as "One Mile of Hell", since saloons far outnumbered houses of worship in this rowdy territorial town. The Hill City photos were replicated in 1998 to show the many changes that have taken place over the last 100 years.

News items, ads and full-page scans taken directly from turn-of-the-century issues of Hill City's Harney Peak Mining News, along with first-person recollections and many authentic photographs of the era provide an entertaining journey into the Gold Rush Days of the Black Hills.

Copies are now being made available on the web for the researcher, historian and anyone who appreciates looking back in time.

Here are all the categories you'll find on the Volume One CD:

Frontier Views
12 images

Homesteading and Farm Life
5 images

15 images

The Badlands
5 images

Black Hills People & Places
41 images

Groups, Gatherings & Entertainment
6 images

Hill City Vintage Photos
73 images

Modern Hill City
47 images

cross-linked to Vintage images.

Central BH Towns & Mines
25 images

Sylvan Lake
21 images

Mt. Rushmore
17 images

The Needles & Custer State Park
18 images

Custer and Army Expeditons
9 images

Deadwood, Lead & Nearby
32 images

39 images

Early Logging
5 images

Civilian Conservation Corps
21 images

Explorer Launchings at Stratobowl
19 images

1904 Harney Peak Mining News
6 scanned issues
plus transcribed text

12 images

1904 Period Advertisements
33 images

About this CD

Trails of Time Historic Photo Archives
Hi-resolution, 10/12/2002

Trails of Time Publishing
Ed Gerken
POB 747
Hill City, SD 57745 USA

Written accounts of the early days in Hill City.

Volume Two - Deadwood Edition on CD-ROM

Hundreds of hi-resolution vintage photographs dating back to the 1870's complete with full descriptions, and additional history!
Deadwood  -  Lead  -  Homestake Gold Mine  -  Area Mines  -  Towns  -  Transportation  -  Vintage Postcards  -  People  -  Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane histories and photos  -  1909 Flood  -
 Old Book scans, Documents, Newspaper accounts and more!

Informative and entertaining, hours of historical exploring and reading.

Click here for sample images and a complete list of all the photos on this CD!

Mac or PC compatible, runs on any web browser.

Just $14.95

**SPECIAL** Volumes 1 & 2 Combo

Both Volumes Complete on one CD

Saves time, postage & materials and saves you money.

Just $18.95 postpaid!

Famous Deadwood Newspaper, The Black Hills Pioneer

Early Issues Now Digitized from Microfilm onto CD-ROM!

Includes Volume 1, Number 1, June 8, 1876 to Volume 1, Number 43, April 7, 1877

Click the sample page below for a screen-sized view (512k) or

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for a full-sized image (3500x2200, 1.5 meg) taken directly from the CD.

Only $12.95 postage paid!

This collection is from the very first issue published on June 8, 1976 to Issue No. 43, April 7, 1877. Not all issues are present, as they were not included on the microfilm. Quality varies due to both poor originals and variables in the microfilm itself. That being said, I personally feel these digitized copies are easier to read than the microfilm and besides, you don't need a film viewer to read them!

Digitized directly from microfilm provided by the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre, South Dakota. Files are JPEG, so nothing special is required to view, manipulate or print them. Painstakingly copied, straightened, Photoshopped and inverted from negative, one page at a time for the best resolution and image adjustment possible. I'm not aware of anything similar available anywhere at this point in time. While the Historical Society is making plans to digitize some "popular" issues of historic newspapers in their archives, they are still securing funds for the project, so viewable results are probably some years off. And when they do finally become avilable, it will require an internet connection to view or download them. At 1.5 megabytes per page, that alone would take some time, especially if you're still on dialup as I am.

For these reasons, I felt it was a worthwhile project to take on and provide to all my fellow history buffs. Many authors provide a few selected quotes from this venerable Black Hills Newspaper, but now you can go directly to the source and read entire issues at your leisure. Of course, this includes all the advertisements and the little quips and local items that are overlooked in the published histories. This CD  of the Deadwood Pioneer first few months of publication is a valuable tool for research and the issues are engrossing read on their own merits.

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