1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, SD 57745
1-800-987-9852  
Detail The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
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Description

Experience travel the way it was in the 19th century on the 1880 Train, a completely restored authentic steam engine train, as you explore the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota. This steam engine will give you the full effect with its soul-stirring whistle, smooth, powerful ride, and scenery that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Before you heed the beckoning of the train whistle by heading onboard, you can get a few goodies at the High-Liner Snack Shoppe  and enjoy them on the train. Additionally, there is a gift shop at both train departure locations, offering everything from train whistles to engineer hats. Once you've looked through all your gift options, you can board this historic train and wind your way among the hills between Hill City and Keystone and back again.

If you are really looking for the full experience, eat your meal the way they did back in the 'good ole days' with a box lunch, purchased at the Snack Shoppe. Additionally, whether you're visiting Hill City or Keystone during your time in the Mount Rushmore Area, the 1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour departs from both, making it a convenient activity for all area travelers.

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Depart from either Hill City or Keystone and experience an exciting ride onboard the 1880 Train while viewing the following stunning scenery and features:

  • Tin Mill Hill
    • Harney Peak Company placed a giant tin processing plant here.
  • Kennedyville
    • 1880s mining community; holds the Kennedy House which once was the town's grocery store and bar.
  • Addie Camp 
    • Leads to the 800 ft main shaft of Addie Mine.
  • Palmer Gulch
    • Site of placer gold operations in 1875.
  • Good Luck Tungsten Mine
    • Tungsten is used to harden steel; this mine flourished during both World Wars.
  • Battle Creek
    • Home of the Bismarck School; a land of meadow and farmland.
  • Baptist Camp Judson
    • Site of the old Overgaard saw mill.
  • Bob Ingersoll Mine
    • Produced a remarkable variety of minerals including feldspar, mica, and tourmaline.
  • Lafferty Gulch
    • Once housed the workers of a big feldspar quarry; now a group of summer homes.
  • Etta Camp 
    • An 1880s tin mine and camp for the Harney Peak Company.
  • Holy Terror Mine
    • Mine that went down 1,200 ft and was one of the richest in the Black Hills.
  • Blue Bird Mill
    • Arsenic ore was ground here for further processing.
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1880 Train Round Trip from Keystone
Available Now until 10/14/2018 View Detailed Schedule
This is a two-hour round trip from the Keystone Depot. Food and drink can be purchased aboard the train. Arrive 30 minutes before train departure.
1880 Train Round Trip from Hill City
Available Now until 10/14/2018 View Detailed Schedule
This is a two-hour round trip from the Hill City Depot. Food and drink can be purchased aboard the train. Arrive 30 minutes before train departure.

While this wasn't the most scenic train ride we have experienced, we enjoyed it nonetheless. It is a nice ride through some beautiful country. We saw several deer along the way and the historical narrative is very interesting. A very good value.
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-- The Garmons - The Colony, Texas
Great fun! Loved the narration. Relaxing way to unwind after a full day of walking and activity. Will return with my grandparents - they would love it
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A fun ride into the past. Only suggestion would be to book your train ride early in the day. Mid july was pretty warm during mid day.
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-- Curtis Fuller - North Ogden, UT
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