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Rapid City, named for the limestone spring stream that passes through the city, was founded 1876 by a group of disheartened prospectors that had come to the Black Hills in search of gold. John Brennan and Samuel Scott, along with a small party of men, laid out the site of the present-day Rapid City. They designated six blocks in the center of the site to be the business district and appointed committees to convince prospective merchants and their families to locate in the new settlement.

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  • Rapid City was founded in 1876


  • 1883 - A three day flood in the Black Hills of western South Dakota resulted in a million dollars damage at Rapid City.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • News 1891 - July 5 - Sixteen horses were killed by hail, and many more have to be put to death due to injuries from a hailstorm at Rapid City, SD.

    The Weather Channel
    July 5, 1891

  • 1895 - Rapid City
    Rap'id City, a post-village, capital of Pennington co., S.D., 45 miles by rail S.S.E. of Deadwood. It has 7 churches, 4 banks, 5 newspaper offices,...Read MORE...


  • Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
    Hangmans Hill, Rapid City, Black Hills, South Dakota
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
    South Dakota State School of Mines, Rapid City, S.D.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
    Caynon Lake, Near Rapid City, S.D.
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  • 1906
    Rapid City, a banking city, capital of Pennington co., S.Dak., 40 miles SE. of Deadwood, on the Northwestern Line. It is in the Black Hills mining...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - FIVE DROWNED IN BLACK HILLS
    Rapid City, June 25. - Five people are known to have been drowned in the terrible flood in the Black Hills last week, and it is greatly feared that...Read MORE...


  • January 10, 1911 - The temperature at Rapid City, SD, plunged 47 degrees in just fifteen minutes.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1949 - Blizzard struck South Dakota; railroad from Pierre to Rapid City blocked for serveral weeks; air drops of hay required

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • 1955 - July 1 - KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

  • 1970 - April 17-18 - Rapid City, SD, received a record 22 inches of snow in 24 hours.

    The Weather Channel

  • News 1972 - June 9 - 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1972



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Hangmans Hill, Rapid City, Black Hills, South Dakota
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South Dakota State School of Mines, Rapid City, S.D.
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Caynon Lake, Near Rapid City, S.D.
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  • Rapid City was founded in 1876
  • 1883 - A three day flood in the Black Hills of western South Dakota resulted in a million dollars damage at Rapid City.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1891 - July 5 - Sixteen horses were killed by hail, and many more have to be put to death due to injuries from a hailstorm at Rapid City, SD.

    The Weather Channel
    July 5, 1891
  • 1895 - Rapid City
    Rap'id City, a post-village, capital of Pennington co., S.D., 45 miles by rail S.S.E. of Deadwood. It has 7 churches, 4 banks, 5 newspaper offices,... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Rapid City, a banking city, capital of Pennington co., S.Dak., 40 miles SE. of Deadwood, on the Northwestern Line. It is in the Black Hills mining... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - FIVE DROWNED IN BLACK HILLS
    Rapid City, June 25. - Five people are known to have been drowned in the terrible flood in the Black Hills last week, and it is greatly feared that... Read MORE...

  • January 10, 1911 - The temperature at Rapid City, SD, plunged 47 degrees in just fifteen minutes.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1949 - Blizzard struck South Dakota; railroad from Pierre to Rapid City blocked for serveral weeks; air drops of hay required

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • 1955 - July 1 - KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • 1970 - April 17-18 - Rapid City, SD, received a record 22 inches of snow in 24 hours.

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1972 - June 9 - 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1972

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