Edgemont in Fall River County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Edgemont: Where the Trail Begins
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad created the town of Edgemont in 1890 and used it as the terminal and yard for their extension into the Black Hills. Located on the southernmost part of the Black Hills near the Cheyenne River, this community is known for its ranching and farming operations.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Edgemont was the center of an energy boom when uranium ore used for nuclear development was mined in the area. By 1980, mining the ore was no longer profitable.
Stay on the trail to avoid poison ivy and rattlesnakes.
Location. 43° 17.897′ N, 103° 49.477′ W. Marker is in Edgemont, South Dakota, in Fall River County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue (State Highway 471) north of G Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the George S. Mickelson Trailhead, in Edgemont City Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1948 2nd Avenue, Edgemont SD 57735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured Teddy Roosevelts's Visit to Edgemont (a few steps from this marker); Siding 7 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cheyenne River Crossing (approx. 0.8 miles away); Camp Collier (approx. 3.6 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large "poster-style" marker, mounted at eye-level in the Mickelson Trailhead kiosk.
Also see . . . Black Hills Railroad History. The standard-gauge Burlington branch was built in several portions between Hill City and Keystone during the central Black Hills mining boom in the 1890s. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad pushed its line into the southwestern corner of the newly created state of South Dakota in November of 1889. In the spring of 1890, construction of this began at Edgemont as the first phase of the "High Line." (Submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 19 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.