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Spearfish

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Scenic Drive · History Museums · Waterfalls
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 10,494 at the 2010 census.HistoryBefore the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876, the area was used by Native Americans (primarily bands of Sioux but others also ranged through the area). Once the gold rush started, the city was founded in 1876 at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon, and was originally called Queen City. Spearfish grew as a supplier of foodstuffs to the mining camps in the hills. Even today, a significant amount of truck farming and market gardening still occurs in the vicinity.In 1887, the accepted history of gold mining in the Black Hills was thrown into question by the discovery of what has become known as the Thoen Stone. Discovered by Louis Thoen on the slopes of Lookout Mountain, the stone purports to be the last testament of Ezra Kind who, along with six others, entered the Black Hills in 1833 (at a time when whites were forbidden by law and treaty from entering the area), "got all the gold we could carry" in June 1834, and were subsequently "killed by Indians beyond the high hill." While it may seem unlikely that someone who has "lost my gun and nothing to eat and Indians hunting me" would take the time to carve his story in sandstone, there is corroborating historical evidence for the Ezra Kind party.
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Scenic Drive
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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History Museum
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History Museum
High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum
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Waterfall
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Cemetery
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Geologic Formation
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Forest
Black Hills National Forest Custer
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Art Gallery
Termesphere Gallery
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Wildlife Area
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
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Brewery
Crow Peak Brewing Company
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Water Park
Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center
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Wildlife in Spearfish

Wildlife Area
McNenny State Fish Hatchery
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