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The Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection contains 112 photographs of Black Hills Promotional Photos, Days of Ā“76 Rodeo, General Views of Deadwood 1964-1986, Pictures of Burlington Railroad 1984-1987, and View from Around the Hills 1964-1986. It also includes over 35 large format drawings and maps and other written documents relating to area railroads. For instance, one of the more interesting maps details the Chicago and Northwestern Narrow Gauge lines through the Bald Mountain and Ruby Basin mining districts. Drawn by the railroad company in 1914, the map not only highlights the C&NW rail lines, but also the BurlingtonĀ“s, and the area mines. Among the written documents is the "Register of Enginemen at Deadwood" from 1927-1958. This is a full record of train activity in Deadwood, listing what trains came to town and left, their point of origin or destination, the engines used, and the engineers and firemen involved, on a daily basis. From the pages of this register come the intimate details of railroading in Deadwood over a 31-year period.

Selected materials is currently available in DLSD. For further information, see the finding aids available on the Case Library webpages. The Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection & the Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection - Photographs.
 
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