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Keystone Historical Museum

Take A Trip into Yesteryear!

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About Keystone Historical Museum

Keystone Historical Museum

The museum is located in the Keystone Victorian schoolhouse built-in 1900 in historic downtown Keystone.

Learn about:

  • The people who discovered gold in Battle Creek
  • The people who located Keystone's gold mines
  • The people who founded the Town of Keystone
  • The Black Hills Gold Rush
  • The Black Hills Tin Boom
  • The people who carved Mount Rushmore
  • Gutzon Borglum - the Sculptor
  • Peter Norbeck and Iron Mountain Road
  • CC Gideon and the Pigtail Bridges
  • Carrie Ingalls and The Little House on the Prairie
  • Wild Horse Harry Hardin and Sugar Babe
  • Keystone Consolidated Gold Mine, ca 1895 LIVING HISTORY SCHOOL Keystone, South Dakota

The Living History School is put on by the Black Hills Retired Teachers. The event is open to school-age children and occurs on Wednesday through Friday each week in May. The cost is $2.00 per person. Experience hands-on classroom from the early 1890s, including old-time activities. The girls wear bonnets and pinafores. The boys wear caps and suspenders.

Of special interest are the memorabilia of Carrie Ingalls, the younger sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder of "Little House on the Prairie" fame. Carrie came to Keystone in 1911 to be a reporter for "The Recorder" a Keystone newspaper. Carrie married a local widower and mining man by the name of David Swanzey. She lived in Keystone until she passed away in 1946.

Keystone Historical Museum Gallery