1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, SD 57745
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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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 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.

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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