Thursday, November 12, 2009

Southern Black Hills ghost towns

For those of us who enjoy rustic remnants of days gone by, the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota can be a treasure trove of photo subjects.

A couple days of driving the highways and back roads of the Custer/Pringle/Edgemont areas can reveal many crumbling cabins and other artifacts of the early days of mining and homesteading. Here are just a few samples.

There's not much left of the town of Moon at the junctions of Forest Service roads 117 and 301, which is about as far straight west of Hill City as you can go and stay in South Dakota.


At the southern end of the same Forest Service Road 117, near it's junction with Highway 16 at the Wyoming border stands this lonely cabin.


About 11 miles south of Custer on Highway 385, the town of Pringle claims to be the "Elk Capitol of South Dakota." You can find a great set of old buildings and vehicles to work the angles with just north of town.






Heading into the extreme southwest corner of the state and eight miles south of Edgemont you will find the tiny ghost town of Provo. It is now the graveyard for hundreds of automobiles, which can make many fun photos.


If you like to explore places like this, I'll have a post about the ghost town of Spokane soon.

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2 comments:

aspen said...

Great photos!!!

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