1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour
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.
The 1880 Train departs from both Hill City and Keystone. The ride is one hour each way and the round trip allows for a one hour break at the destination (whichever city you did not board at)plenty of time for food. You can get a few goodies at the High-Liner Snack Shoppe and enjoy them on the train. 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, 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.
Depart from either Hill City or Keystone and experience an exciting ride onboard the 1880 Train while viewing the following highlights:
Tin Mill Hill
- Harney Peak Company placed a giant tin processing plant here.
- Views of Black Elk Peak
Good Luck Tungsten Mine
- Tungsten is used to harden steel; this mine flourished during both World Wars.
Bob Ingersoll Mine
- Produced a remarkable variety of minerals including feldspar, mica, and tourmaline.
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. This is a great activity for any family vacation and for the best experience, be sure to check out other things to do in the area.
- Approximately how long does the ride last?
The round-trip ride is 3 hours - one hour each way and one hour at the opposite city's stop.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
It is appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Dress appropriate for the weather. In the summer months, it may get pretty warm because the trains do not have air conditioning.
- Will there be time allotted for dining on the ride?
Yes, you will have an hour for food between rides and you can bring snacks on the train.
- Where does the train depart from?
Hill City Station - 222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, SD 57745. /// Keystone Station - 103 Winter Street, Keystone, SD 57751.
- What sights will be seen from the train?
Forests, canyons, meadows, Battle Creek, old mines, and wildlife (deer, turkey, ducks, rabbits, and squirrels).
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the 1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour?
Of course! Don't forget your camera.
- Is the train handicap accessible?
- Is there parking?
The Hill City depot has free parking. In Keystone, a paid city parking lot is available close by.