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Journey Discussions: Mileposts Along the Mickelson Trail

May 6, 2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration for this virtual program is limited


As residents and visitors walk the George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills, the conversation often turns to the trail’s railroad history. South Dakota State Railroad Museum Curator Rick Mills details the trail’s 110 miles of history in photos and stories - stretching from Edgemont to the terminus at Deadwood.


Rick Mills of Hermosa is a fifth-generation resident of the Black Hills region in western South Dakota and a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He currently serves as the director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City, a position he has held since the museum’s opening in 2010.

Mills published his first book on railroad history in 1985 while a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He's since authored five books on regional railroad history, co-authored and contributed to seven other books, and produced articles, scripts, and photo essays for history publications and video productions.

Mills has been involved with programming for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, and is a presenter for the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

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(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
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Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.