Near Hill City in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Gold was discovered in this valley to the west in 1875. A mining camp soon developed into the town named Castleton with a population of about 250 folks. Here was a hotel, grocery store, saloons, even a jewelry store.
The gold carrying ore lay 25 feet deep. No profitable Was found to remove the water and tailings so the miners drifted away to richer digs.
Castleton again came alive in the 1880’s when it was used as the construction center for the recently abandoned railroad that you can see against the hill side.
Just in front of the sign, notice the ribs of the barge that contained the Evans dredge. It floated on this once large pond now being reclaimed by silt and swamp grass. “The Dredge”, a large and unique operation worked up and down the creek from 1911-1914. It left huge piles of rock and ponds that you see. Gold was there in deep, and irregular pockets. The project was unprofitable. The machinery was moved to John Day, Oregon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 3.054′ N, 103° 40.053′ W. Marker is near Hill City, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Mystic Road one mile north of Forest Road 242, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hill City SD 57745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newton Lake CCC Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away); Not Just Any Old Railroad Line (approx. 8.8 miles away); Pactola Dam & Reservoir (approx. 9 miles away); Water for a Thirsty West (approx. 9 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 9.1 miles away); a different marker also named Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 9.2 miles away); "Work Call" (approx. 9.4 miles away); The Black Hills Central Railroad (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hill City.
More about this marker. The marker is 11.2 miles north of Hill City via Deerfield and then Mystic Road.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.