Greg's 2007 Odyssey travel blog

The background on the Open Cut Mine in Lead, SD

Open Cut Mine key players

Rita in front of the Mine Memorial to the Mine employees

Left side view

Center view

Right view

Mine engine and ore car

Deadwood downtown Main Street

Deadwood downtown Main Street

Hill City 1880 RR Depot

Ticket Counter

Here comes our train into the station

The roundhouse with idle trains

Engine decoupled from passenger cars at Keystone, SD station

Engineer oiling the engine for the return trip to Hill City, SD

Keystone Main Street near the RR station


After breakfast, Rita and I headed out to tour Lead and Deadwood cities, about 50 miles north of Hill City.

We toured Lead first. We viewed the Open Cut Mine from the visitor center patio viewing platform. The hole was 1200 feet deep and ½ mile wide. It was very impressive. The color striation, of the mine walls, was spectacular. We drove down Main Street and viewed the turn of the century buildings.

Next, we headed for Deadwood. Again, we drove down the Main Street to view their turn of the century buildings and storefronts.

We found ourselves hungry for lunch. We found a Pizza Hut and shared a pizza. We then returned to the coach to feed and water Socks.

Finally, we decided to ride the 1880 train from Hill City to Keystone and return. We chose to sit in an open observation car both ways. We got the full treatment - fantastic views and steam engine exhaust.

Our final stop was the coach for the evening and some TV.

Earlier today, I had talked to a Cat Service Center about the RV running hot. From my description of the performance issue, he suggested that the radiator fins might be clogged with dirt. I will inspect this in the morning.



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