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

Weight a Minute

 
 
Weight a minute Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, October 6, 2021
1. Weight a minute Marker
Inscription.  A hundred years ago, almost every Deadwood railroad passenger would have spent a few moments right here. They waited to see how much it would cost to bring goods on the train.

Freight companies and railroads charged by the pound, so lever scales like this one played an important role in the frontier economy. The Vermont-based E & T Fairbanks Company invented the technology in 1830. Over the next few decades, Fairbanks scales spread across the United States, Europe, and into China. As railroads pushed across the American West, the scales became common fixtures at railroad depots.

This scale has retained Fairbanks' legendary accuracy and reliability. After more than a century of use, it still provides weight measurements accurate to within about five pounds.

Captions:
The parking lot of today once was laden with railroad tracks. Locals waited for visitors they hadn't seen in years. Others stood by preparing to continue their journey.
Steam trains chugged past thick ponderosa pine forests as they traversed the Black Hills. Today, you can take a train ride and visit the
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South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City. Or take a walk or bike ride on the Mickelson Trail, which follows the historic Burlington & Missouri "Highline" to Edgemont, SD.
This 1894 railroad map shows the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley line. The FE & MV was a subsidiary company of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 44° 22.537′ N, 103° 43.797′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Siever Street north of Pine Street, on the left when traveling north. Located at the old Deadwood Train Station and current information center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Siever St, 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. Black Hills Railroads (here, next to this marker); Sherman Street and the East Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Hills Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); History Buried Beneath Your Feet (within shouting distance of this marker); Job Corps Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Stability
Weight a minute Marker and the Fairbanks Lever Scale image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, October 6, 2021
2. Weight a minute Marker and the Fairbanks Lever Scale
(within shouting distance of this marker); President Taft Comes to Deadwood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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