Hill City was the second town in the Hills founded in 1876. It soon became a ghost town as miners, disappointed by not finding enough gold, fled to newer claims in the Hills. The tin boom in the 1880s brought the town back to life. Hill City is still alive and worth a visit to see the elaborate back bar that still serves the town's municipal saloon and liquor store. Also worth seeing is the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot.

Hill City was established in 1876, has a great railroad museum and approximately 650 residents. This is another of several historic mining towns located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Approximately 15 miles north of Custer on US 385. Many full time residents live here. 1880 steam train is one of the main attractions. Purchase tickets well in advance in summer.

Many original historic buildings remain.

Pennington county

 

Hill City Main Street

1880 Train

1880 Train

1880 Train