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Pluma in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Flooding & The Railroads

 
 
Flooding & The Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. Flooding & The Railroads Marker
Inscription.  After the inception of Deadwood's railroad system in 1890, rising flood waters and washouts became an ever growing threat to the mining camps in the northern Black Hills. Three significant washouts, caused by spring flooding, occurred at this location in 1908, 1909, and 1927. Accounts of these disasters were published in the local newspaper in great detail. While all were significant, the 1908 flood was well documented with extensive photographs. Pluma received extensive damage largely because of its location at the confluence of two creeks: Gold Run and Whitewood Creek. Within three weeks, all rail systems were once again operational.

"The track between Deadwood and Pluma is out in several places and the grade is so seriously damaged at certain points, that it will require several days to get it in serviceable shape. The repair work will be pushed with all possible speed and all available men are being pressed into service."
Deadwood Daily Pioneer-Times, June 1, 1909

Portions of the Pluma Power Plant cooling station (across from the visitor center) were damaged in the 1908 flood. The iron pipes and cooling
Marker detail: Flood damage along the Deadwood - Central Railroad image. Click for full size.
City of Deadwood Archives
2. Marker detail: Flood damage along the Deadwood - Central Railroad
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jets were once located in the Whitewood Creek bed.

This interpretative panel was developed using funds from the 2014 - 2016 South Dakota Department of Transportation US Highway 85 reconstruction project.

 
Erected by The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 44° 21.589′ N, 103° 44.326′ W. Marker is in Pluma, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on CanAm Highway (U.S. 85) north of U.S. 385, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located beside the Mickelson Trail, on the west side of the highway, adjacent to the Pluma, South Dakota Visitor Center parking lot, and overlooking Whitewood Creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George S. Mickelson Trail (a few steps from this marker); Good Roads Movement & Lawrence County (a few steps from this marker); Cheyenne & Deadwood Stage Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Pluma: Right Place, Right Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Pluma's Power Plants (within shouting distance of
Marker detail: Pluma after the 1908 flood that washed out the tracks image. Click for full size.
By Black Hills Mining Museum
3. Marker detail: Pluma after the 1908 flood that washed out the tracks
this marker); Track or Trail: Sweat Equity Played a Role (approx. 0.9 miles away); McGovern Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Yard (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pluma.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on two waist-high posts.
 
Also see . . .  Deadwood History: Floods. This link presents numerous historic photos of flood damage in Deadwood, including the 1908 flood, and commentary along with the photos. (Submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: 1908 flood lifted the Pluma Train Depot Pluma from its foundation image. Click for full size.
By Black Hills Mining Museum
4. Marker detail: 1908 flood lifted the Pluma Train Depot Pluma from its foundation
Flooding & The Railroads Marker (<i>wide view; Whitewood Creek in the background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
5. Flooding & The Railroads Marker (wide view; Whitewood Creek in the background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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