Rattlesnake Under His Dad’s Hat

The Brockelsby name is legendary in Rapid City, though many residents might not immediately recognize it. Impossible to miss, however, is the glass-domed building on Highway 16 — a popular tourist attraction for decades, and the family's enduring legacy. Earl Brockelsby founded Reptile Gardens in 1937. Born on the dusty plains of Kadoka, a stone's … Continue reading Rattlesnake Under His Dad’s Hat

The Day Chinook Winds Blew Spearfish, South Dakota Into the Record Books

78 years ago today, Spearfish, South Dakota set a world record for temperature swings—one that stands to this day. Black Hills residents are no strangers to extreme weather, but the events of January 22, 1943 took even the most seasoned veterans by surprise. The Black Hills are often referred to as the “Banana Belt of … Continue reading The Day Chinook Winds Blew Spearfish, South Dakota Into the Record Books

What’s a “Swinged Cat,” Anyway?!

Like most states, South Dakota has several different nicknames. Most are not surprising. It is called, among other things: The Mount Rushmore State The Coyote State The Sunshine State The Blizzard State The Land of Infinite Variety But one nickname stands out from the pack: South Dakota's most unusual moniker is the Swinged Cat State. … Continue reading What’s a “Swinged Cat,” Anyway?!