I thought maybe the railroad guys here would get a kick out of this little Baldwin Locomotive. A couple weeks ago my wife and I took a couple days off work and went to see the Wilson sisters or the band "Heart" many of you may remember. Anyway we stayed up in Deadwood, SD that night and our hotel was right across the street from the "Adams Museum" which has nice displays concerning the gold minining history of the northern Black Hills. It had been nearly 20 years since we last toured the museum so we were glad to have some time to do it again the next day.
The "J.B. Haggin" as this narrower than narrow gauge at 22" was the first locomotive in the Black Hills in 1879.
Haggin was the first superintendent of the Homestake Gold Mine which was owned by the Hearst's, a very powerful American family.
There were no outside railroads coming into western "Dakota territory" area back then and there wouldn't be until 10 years later and that is when South Dakota achieved statehood also. The J.B. Haggin was hauled around 200 miles by a bull team. That's my wife Loree in the first pic.
The last pic is in Lead, SD a couple miles south of Deadwood where the Motherload of the Homestake was discovered and this is how it ended up when mining ceased in 2001. I "welded" 5 pictures together to make this view. This mining kept many family and friends employed for a long time but that "Open Cut" final expansion was bittersweet as the town my Mom was born in, Terraville, was bought by the mine and covered with fill from this project. It was just over the ridge where the stripes in the rock layers lead to at the top. The state is now operating an underground lab 4850 feet underground in the hard rock part of the mine studying "dark matter" and "super-conductors". Way over my head!
Edited by MFDAC, May 23, 2016 - 10:02 PM.