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A Blast from The Past

Gold Rush Days begin Friday


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton

Kids look on as a blacksmith demonstrates his craft at last years Gold Rush Days. This year's event will be held in Legion Park, with a kick off campfire Friday at 5 p.m.

Sidney's 13th Annual Gold Rush Days gets underway Friday in Legion Park. The events planned will bring people of all ages a blast from the past.

In 1874, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, Sidney and its railroad were considered the shortest transportation link to Deadwood, S.D. The gold brought in funds for the city, but also brought in many famous faces who wanted the gold without the hard labor.

In the Rush of 1876 several towns in Nebraska vied to be the major supply point for miners headed to the hills. While Sidney was a seemingly insignificant railroad town, it offered gre...

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