Mount Rushmore 2012 Independence Day Celebration

For those of you who were fortunate enough to see the July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore in the past, hold onto those memories because for the third consecutive year the National Park Service (NPS) has decided that fireworks will not be included in the celebration. Especially this year, with the wildfires that have devastated Colorado and other parts of the west, this may be inconvenient but is clearly essential.

“Mount Rushmore has successfully proven they can provide an outstanding July 3 celebration, in collaboration with Black Hills communities that can safely offer fireworks shows… Providing a celebration without fireworks for the 2012 Independence Day Celebration is the prudent course of action”, said NPS Regional Director Michael Reynolds.

You can download the Mount Rushmore National Memorial News Release here:  Fireworks Eliminated from Independence Day Celebration (October 17, 2011) Continue reading

Historic Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Old Deadwood postcardI just spotted a great new article on the Toronto Sun about Deadwood, South Dakota. Author Wayne Newton delves into what he discovered at the Adams Museum in town:

“While Eastern-style honesty might not have been a hallmark of Deadwood when it was set up as a rogue mining camp in the Dakota territory during the 1800s, integrity and frankness have become hallmarks at a museum, which should be the starting point for tourists who truly want to appreciate Deadwood and its colourful, controversial history.”

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How long has Landstroms been around?

ST ButlerThe first gold found in the Black Hills was on July 27, 1874 when a miner in Custer’s 7th Cavalry named Horatio N. Ross discovered it in French Creek in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This discovery eventually led to the Black Hills gold rush of the late 1800’s, which has been referred to by many historians as the last great American gold rush. It also brought a number of jewelry makers to the area and in 1878, a man named S.T. Butler opened the first Black Hills Gold jewelry manufacturing store in Deadwood, South Dakota. Over the years, the company was split into various different jewelry companies until 1944 when Ivan Landstrom bought back all of the components making Landstrom’s the sole owner of all the original Black Hills Gold designs. So Landstroms is the Continue reading

What is Black Hills Gold jewelry?

Black Hills Gold Wedding Diamond Band

Black Hills Gold Wedding Diamond Band

By law, any piece of jewelry bearing the description “Black Hills Gold” must be manufactured in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Traditional Black Hills Gold designs are typically comprised of rose colored and green colored leaves and gold grapes and grapevines. The rose color is made by combining gold with copper, and the delicate green color is achieved by adding sterling silver with gold. Though there are now a number of Black Hills Gold jewelry manufacturers, Landstroms is the oldest Black Hills Gold jewelry manufacturer and their roots date back to 1878. Continue reading