Items filtered by date: March 2018 - Keystone
Monday, 29 January 2018 16:11

Backroads Inn & Cabins

Our goal is simple:  create a space and atmosphere that allows peace, rejuvenation and quality time with others.  In order to do this, we have created custom built cabins in the middle of a secluded valley.  We are only minutes from Mount Rushmore, yet tucked away in the beauty of the Black Hills.

Make time to get away; it'll be worth it!



Published in Lodging
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:09

Happy Holidays from Keystone

Published in Blog
Friday, 20 October 2017 13:23

Svenmar Rentals

Five miles from Mount Rushmore.
15 min to closest lake,30 Crazy Horse Memorial,20 min. to Custer State Park; with Historic Deadwood and Legendary Sturgis a scenic hour drive.

House sits on three acres with meadow for wildlife and Battle creek running through property.

Walking distance to Keystone and a 15 minute drive to Hill City with bank and credit union, grocery store and hardware store.

Published in Lodging
Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:37

Himalayan Indian Cuisine


Himalayan Indian Cuisine An authentic Indian & Nepalese dining 

Published in Dining
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:45

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Published in Content
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:23

Quality Inn

Free hot breakfast, Indoor heated pool and hot tub, free Wi-Fi, elevator to all floors, coffee maker, hair dryer, recharge device and more. Some rooms have microwave and fridge. We offer a number of different suites to accommodate large families or special occasions and we are within minutes of Mount Rushmore.

Published in Lodging
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:07

Ramada Mount Rushmore


Restaurant • Bar
Casino • Pool
Hot Tub • Gift Shop
Meeting Space • Business Center
Exercise Room • Microwave
Fridge • Free Wifi

During your visit to Keystone, the thoughtful amenities at our hotel will ensure that you have a rejuvenating stay. It serves as an ideal home base for exploring the natural wonders of the Black Hills

Published in Lodging
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 05:17

Hill City Mercantile & Spearfish Fly Shop

Black Hills fly fishing trips, knowledgeable staff, and quality equipment; Spearfish Creek Fly Shop has everything you need for a day fly fishing!
We offer a variety of flies, clothing, and equipment for all your fishing needs in the beautiful Black Hills area.
Spearfish Creek Fly Shop offers guided fishing tours and classes for beginners.
Come talk with our experienced fishing guides today and start fishing!

Published in Shopping
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:47

Olde Fashioned Independence Day


As we approach this 241st anniversary of the signing if the Declaration of Independence, we are preparing for an Olde Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. It seems only fitting, as we are the hometown of one of America's greatest tributes and symbols of freedom, Mount Rushmore.

Planning for this event has led me to do a little digging for what the 4th of July used to look like. Today the celebration is much like it was envisioned by at least one of our founding fathers, although it is safer by far and for the most part a tamer occasion. On July 3rd,1776 John Adams wrote to his wife:

"the second day of July, 1776,...lamaptto (I am apt to) believe...will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival.  It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."

That pretty much sums up what we engage in today on July 4 all over this nation.

Adams was talking about the "resolution of independence" that was adopted on July 2nd as the pivotal event in the birth of this nation, however, the Declaration of Independence would soon completely overshadow the resolution and July 4th would be considered  at the date this country was born.

One year later we get our first glimpse of what the celebration of this occasion would look like.

“On July 4th, 1777 Philadelphia held one of the largest Independence Day festivals for the young country's first Fourth.  The Continental Congress feasted at an official dinner, gave toasts and arranged a 13-gun salute. Americans also celebrated with speeches, parades and fireworks.” "1777 in Philadelphia kind of sets the tone for July Fourth for the next 80 or 90 years"

said Adam Cribelez, assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University in his conversation with

Fast forward 123 years to the Hocking Sentinel, (Logan Ohio), 28th June 1900,

"One of the signers on that famous Fourth of July, 1776, declared on his deathbed that he would like to sleep a century, then wake up to find out how future generations were celebrating Independence Day. If the old gentleman's wish were to be granted, when he heard the fish horns, the multitudinous snapping of John Chinaman's red wrapped inventions, the reports of the dangerous torpedoes and dynamite crackers he might be willing enough to hurry back to his tomb."

It appears that at least one person that year was not fond of all the pops, bangs and booms created to commemorate the occasion.  But, as we know, he must have been in the minority.

At some point the celebrations must have gotten a little out of control. In the early 1900s, the reform­ minded Progressive movement aimed to improve American morality.

"One big target was the Fourth of July,"

 Criblez said.

"What reformers said is that people were getting too drunk and they were being dangerous by shooting off fireworks."

Organizers, such as local activists, doctors, police and firefighters, started the ‘Safe and Sane Movement’. In Cleveland, the movement prompted the city council to ban fireworks in 1908, and other cities followed suit in the following years, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University The Princeton Union Thursday, July 11th , 1907 reports,

"when this column goes to press the one-hundred­ and-thirty-first battle of the Fourth of July will have been fought, the dead will have been counted, the wounded bandaged and the country saved. In the one-hundred-and-thirtieth battle the killed numbered 158, and the wounded 5,308, making a total of 5,400 casualties. Of the wounded, 22 were made totally blind, 72 lost one eye, 56 lost a limb, and 227 lost one or more fingers. Of the dead, 18, mostly children, were burned to death. This sounds horrible and yet we can hardly expect any smaller list this year, for we are increasing both in population and in pocket money. The list may reach 5,500."

Sounds like a pretty rough party was had in 1906.


It doesn't seem that much has changed over the years regarding the celebration of this holiday. Parents are still concerned about the safety of their children with fireworks. Law enforcement is concerned with over consumption of alcohol. For the most part though, it is a time of family, food, games, and entertainment celebrating our independence and the great and enduring democracy that we live in.

One of the earliest celebrations documented in Keystone was on July 4th, 1899 on Main Street during the time of the gold rush, which is now celebrated by a larger event, Holy Terror Days, which is held every September as a tribute to the gold mining history of the community.

Keystone will celebrate on the 3rd of July, in conjunction with the festivities at Mount Rushmore, by decking out the town in a huge Independence Day Decorating Contest. A lemonade, ice tea, and watermelon social will be held on the green lawn at Grapes & Grinds which will be festooned with hundreds of helium balloons and garland galore. We will take it back to the gold rush version of events with a Buffalo Chip Throw, Log Toss, and Tobacco Spitting Contest for the adults, and Bubble Gum Spitting, and Turn of the Century Games for the kiddos. To my knowledge, Keystone doesn't own a cannon. I don't think our local Sheriff’s department would view kindly the shooting off of muskets at dawn, as John Adams thought was appropriate, and the National Forest Service does not like fireworks anywhere near the trees, so by comparison our event will be safer and probably quieter, but still, wholesome good fun. Jen Greene will appear and provide the music for the event and Jarrett Dahl of Dahl's Chainsaw Art will complete three chainsaw carvings which will make plenty of racket and which will be auctioned via silent auction with the proceeds going to local charity.

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:19

Mt. Rushmore T-Shirts

The Perfect T Shirt for Everyone Can be Found Here!  Huge Selection!  Exceptional Quality!

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