Sunday, August 13, 2023

Book Release!


History on Video!


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See our Youtube short video about where Custer killed a bear North of Rochford, SD! Interesting facts, in a somewhat brief manner :)

Represent Lawrence County, view the videos on our Youtube channel; Lawrence County History 1876... then like and share them with others! Thank you for your support in keeping Lawrence County History alive.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Unveiling Event at Cheyenne Crossing

Come see the Cheyenne Crossing Stage Stop historical marker placed by LCHS, at our unveiling event on Saturday August 19th at 10:00 am.  We'll have free hot dogs and pop (while supplies last.)  The owner of the beloved Cheyenne Crossing Restaurant, Dave Brueckner, will speak about the history of the stage stop.  

We also welcome a local Fosha family member, who will say a few words about the local history. Up until 1887 Henry Fosha operated a stable and barn at the stop, supplying fresh horses for the ride into Deadwood. 

Join us...History happens in the Hills!

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Cheyenne Crossing Marker

 Greetings History Buffs!

LCHS is proud to present the historical marker that we had made for the Cheyenne Crossing stage stop site, the original Ice Box Canyon Valley Station on the Deadwood-Cheyenne Stagecoach trail. You can see the marker as you enter the Cheyenne Crossing restaurant.  
Take a cruise through beautiful Spearfish Canyon and check it out!

Friday, May 5, 2023

2023 Spring Member Meeting

 Join us Sunday May 21st for our Spring Membership Meeting.  Our special guest speaker is Joyce Jefferson, historical character re-enactor with the South Dakota Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau.  She will be portraying Aunt Lou Marchbanks, one of Deadwood's first pioneers, beloved cook and entrepreneur.  We are delighted to have Joyce, and look forward to seeing our fellow history buffs there!      


As always, at the HARCC Building, 150 Sherman Street in Deadwood. Lunch will be delicious Cheyenne Crossing catering.  (See our next blog post to see the new Historical Marker sign at the Cheyenne Crossing restaurant and stage stop site!)


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Announcing Mr. Tom Griffith as our next speaker!

 We are thrilled to announce that local author and historian Tom Griffith will speak at the Lawrence County Historical Society’s next meeting set for noon, Sept. 18 at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, 150 Sherman St. in Deadwood.

  Griffith, a former newspaper reporter and editor and advertising agency owner, has written or co-authored 80 books, most about the American West. In addition, his travel features and photography have been published in more than 450 newspaper and magazines from New York to New Zealand.  
  Griffith will speak about his research and writing related to western South Dakota, as well as Black Hills Myths & Legends, the title of his latest book.  
Lunch will be served by Cheyenne Crossing at High Noon! Be there or be bored and hungry :)
Author Extraordinaire, and contender for "World's Most Interesting Man"

Monday, August 22, 2022

Board Meeting and Beyond

The head stone is in the ground!

Derek grabbing the heavy stone...

It's easy peasy! (So he makes it look...)

The new head stone of Dr. William Brown of Lead, seen below

The little sign below was the original marker

Classic style in the cemetery

 Hey fellow History Lovers! We had our board meeting today: here's the update.

- The LCHS board placed the head stone for Dr. William G. Brown in the West Lead Cemetery today. (Photos attached) It was a lovely day, and many thanks to board member Derek Henderson for carrying and placing the heavy stone with reverence.  It's located in the upper North East part of the cemetery.  His new head stone sits on the hill, next to the little rusty sign that originally designated his grave.  

-Three historical projects we decided to proceed with:  

1. Mark the place where Calamity Jane died

2. Mark the Cheyenne Crossing stage stop

3.  Levi Blizzard's new head stone 

-We agreed on a new project as well: Making plaques for Historical Homes/Businesses/Persons/Cemeteries/Churches, etc.  If you want to submit for a historical plaque contact us at

-We're in the works of getting an interesting Historian to come speak at our September Member Meeting.  Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of who and when!

That's all for now, make some History today folks!

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Doc Brown headstone is in!

 The headstone of Doc Brown has arrived! We look forward to placing it in the West Lead Cemetery (in the Masonic section) tomorrow afternoon, Monday Aug 22nd.  The LCHS board will be placing it around 3:00 pm, after our meeting.  

Doc Brown was a doctor in Lead around the turn of the century. He lived in the area that is now the open cut.  He never had a head stone (that we know of) so we had one made.  Have a stroll in the West Lead Cemetery and visit Dr. Brown on a nice autumn day! He is located near the top of the hill, so wear your walkin' shoes.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

LCHS Fall Meeting A Success

 Thank you to all who attended our Fall program.  Marvin Barry was dazzling on the banjo during our delicious-as-always luncheon.  Dave Brueckner rocked the day with tasty food and lots of History on Cheyenne Crossing.  He was entertaining and informational, and he was well-received by all. A special welcome to Jason Sumners, our newest member who alerted us to the need to preserve the headstone of Levi Blizzard.  

We found out that Doctor W.G. Brown was a dentist in Lead who died in 1920.  We are replacing his dilapidated marker with a headstone in the West Lead Cemetery. We also will be replacing Calamity Jane's historical marker in the future.

Keep checking in for all our new projects!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fall 2019 Member Meeting - Cemetery Walk


Written by Samuel Phillips

"By Unlawful Means"
"The Tragic Saga of the Outlaw Bill Gay"

Bill Gay lived a most eventful life that ended on the Montana gallows. He lived in the Black Hills among the Indians and later as a prospector who discovered gold in the mid 1870's.  The mining camp of Gayville was named after Bill and his brother Al.  Bill became very wealthy and married a dance hall girl who quickly got him into trouble.
On sale at the Spring Member Meeting $20


Thursday, February 7, 2019


If you are a fellow history lover and have a few hours a month to give, we need volunteers.  If you or someone you know are interested in a rewarding position as a Board Secretary, please contact Donna Watson at 605-580-9770 for more information.