Introduction to Spearfish, South Dakota
Spearfish was originally inhabited by Native Americans. European settlers first arrived in the area in 1876, during the Black Hills Gold Rush. The first post office and the first store of the area were established in 1877. The city was incorporated in 1888. It was named because Native Americans and fur traders considered the stream an ideal place to spear fish. The first railroad entered the area in 1893. Mining and tourism became important in this area in the 20th Century.
Spearfish and nearby Attractions
- D C Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
- Spirit of Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
- High Plains Heritage Center
- Gulches of Fun Amusement Park
- Bear Butte State Park
- House of Roses Museum
Things To Do In Spearfish
While staying in Spearfish, one can pay a visit to the Spirit of Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, the Bear Butte State Park and the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. The Gulches of Fun Amusement Park is popular among children and an ideal destination for a family outing. The city also offers easy access to the Old Fort Meade Museum, Adams Museum, the House of Roses Museum and the Black Hills Mining Museum. Local festivals include the Downtown Harvest Fest, Taste of Spearfish and the Festival in the Park.
Rapid City Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Spearfish Higher Education
Black Hills State University is the local institution of higher education. Others providing facilities for higher education include the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Casper College and Chadron State College.