Rapid City
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     John R. Brennan and a group of miners were the fathers of Rapid City. They started the town at the eastern edge of the Black Hills. It was 1876. Their goal was to bring goods and services to prospectors during the gold rush. There was a grassy pasture near the town site. Oxen and mules could rest after their long trip across the Great Sioux Reservation. Rapid City grew slowly at first, but soon the railroads brought more settlers. Today it is the second largest city in South Dakota.