One of the real gems of the Black Hills is the beautiful Mickelson Trail. Not only does it afford majestic beauty, it's also chock full of history. So, if you enjoy bicycling and have an interest in Black Hills history, mark Sunday, October 2nd on your calendar! It's a chance to combine the two in one big adventure.
|On the Mickelson Trail near the Kirk Trailhead|
Thankfully, you won't have to pedal all 110 glorious miles of the scenic trail -- although it's a splendid ride! This is a short but special history ride that offers both an excellent leader -- David Wolff, Professor Emeritus from Black Hills State University -- and an opportunity to support the Case Library for Western Historical Studies at BHSU. Case Library is an emerging gem as well!
The tour will cover 12 miles of the trail, beginning and ending at the Kirk Trailhead. Five stops are planned where historic events and locations will be discussed. Railroad history will play a prominent part in the presentations, especially the three railroads incorporated into the trail. But other aspects of transportation, mining history, and some exciting tales of armed robberies will also be included!
This "History Ride" is a fundraiser for the Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University. The cost is $35 and includes the trail fee admission to the Mickelson Trail. All of the proceeds, beyond trail admission, will be used to support the activities and scholarships of the Case Library. The fee must be paid at the beginning of the ride, so please arrive early! Checks should be made out to the BHSU Foundation -- no credit cards, please.
|The old Bismarck and Wasp mines will be included|
in the intinerary for "Biking Through History."
The ride begins at 9:00 a.m. and will last until around 2:00 p.m. All participants must provide their own bicycle, water, snacks, and lunch. The ride will involve some steady uphill 3% grades, one section of a 17% grade, and plenty of downhill grades.
Some bicycling experience and conditioning are required. You'll be asked to sign a waiver in case of an injury or accident. Because this is a group function that involves history lectures, adults are the intended audience.
Reservations are required. Please contact David Wolff to make your reservations, or if you have any questions: David.Wolff@bhsu.edu Make plans now for the Mickelson Trail History Ride, Sunday, October 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and hope for no snow!