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William Jennings Bryan spoke to an immense crowd in Deadwood in August,1899. Bryan spoke from a stand in front of the Deadwood Opera House, which was located across from the site later occupied by the Franklin Hotel.

Deadwood from Signal Hill. Image records north side of Deadwood Gulch. Focuses on Main Street from present day Franklin Hotel toward Gold Street. Taken before the 1879 fire. c. 1879. Photographer F. Jay Haynes.

On this date in 1876, Zitkala Sa was born on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She would go on to write several books, including American Indian Stories, co-write the first Native American opera, and found the National Council of American Indians-Feb 23

Homesteader cutting sod for a sod house on the South Dakota prairie. Homesteaders used a special plow to cut blocks of prairie sod that were 18 inches wide and 24 inches long and weighed about fifty pounds each.

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