Best of the Northern Hills
D. C. Booth Fish Hatchery: A surprisingly delightful site in Spearfish, the hatchery features a museum, a fish railcar, an underground viewing window, a park-like setting, and thousands of trout waiting to be fed. There is even a fish rescue boat.
Termesphere Gallery: Dick Termes is an internationally acclaimed artist who has chosen an unusual canvas. His paintings are done in the round, on spheres of all sizes. Hanging from the ceiling and spinning, these tiny painted worlds are captivating. A visit here is a one-of-a-kind gallery experience.
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway: Waterfalls, wildlife, and recreational opportunities abound on this beautiful drive connecting the communities of Spearfish and Lead.
Homestake Visitor Center: The center provides a surface tour of the Homestake Mine, the richest mine in the region in terms of production and longevity.
Black Hills Mining Museum: The history of the hills is rooted in mining. Guides here demonstrate some of the tools and techniques of the past and present.
Adams Museum: The oldest museum in the Black Hills features a great collection of early mining artifacts, including the first steam locomotive in the hills and memorabilia from some of the town’s most infamous characters, including Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane.
Historic Adams House: The Adams House was built in 1892, and was closed — with all contents stored inside — for over 50 years after Adams’s death. It offers a fascinating peek into a more elegant side of Victorian-era Deadwood.
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