Welcome To The Black Hills
Everyone knows The Black Hills for it's infamous Mount Rushmore. What many don't know is the good old American adventures that await in the back country of these beautiful black hills. Some adventures are easy to access while some adventures are remote. The Ingersoll Mine would fit right into the middle where it is nestled in the back country of Mount Rushmore near the sleepy town of Keystone South Dakota. Our travels of America have brought our adventurous attention to what could lurk relatively unknown in The Black Hills. And so, I share with you one of our findings, The Ingersoll Mine.
Lets get on to the good stuff ;) The Ingersoll Mine is also known as The Ben Butler Mine and itself was functional until the 1970's, from what I could find. It was first discovered around 1880 with it's first productive year in 1922ish. The mine was in search of minerals such as Tin, Mica, Beryllium, Quartz, and Titanium. It is roughly a mile or so hike to the mine from the parking, which was tiny. Only big enough for 3 cars. It is a little hard to find the trail head, easy to miss. I saved the best for last so stay with me till the end.
This is the Ingersoll Mine itself. As old and crumbly as the structure is, it is still well enough intact to explore at your own risk. Of course you have to check out the old thing, who wouldn't ;)
I really like the below picture where you can see the old chutes. It is easy to imagine the sorting process.
The puppy was very uncertain of the floor here but curiosity won and bravery kicked in. Don't worry, she is fine. She is always adventurous.
Hiking farther up the mountain, we came to this huge mine. This particular one was real neat. The rock was so solid that there was minimal supports along the way. It appeared to me that this mine might be more resent than the last one I will show you, but I could be wrong. None the less, the Ingersoll Mine was proving to be worth the hike. This mine was not super long but very intricate and real pretty.
Down the trail and onto the big guy! This mine was so cool and took up most of our day. This is the stuff America was built upon, ingenuity and hard work. It is so crazy to think how these guys were able to do all of this.
We had a blast exploring these mines. The Black Hills definitely has American adventure ready to seek out. All I can say is "I'll be back"!
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)