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Gold Rush Days

A glimpse of life in the 19th century with food, song and demonstrations


Anthony Ruiz

Raina Hartwig of Dalton weaves a dreamcatcher during Gold Rush Days in Sidney. Hartwig said she has been making dreamcatchers for about three years, but this year was the first time she had brought her creations to the annual event.

Sidney residents and visitors had an opportunity to step back in time last weekend as the 13th annual Gold Rush Days was held at the American Legion Park.

Gold Rush Days is a three-day celebration of Sidney's history when gold was discovered in the Black Hills in the 1870s and the city's railroad was instrumental in its transportation to Deadwood, S.D.

"This became the shortest, and best, route to Deadwood," local historian Gordy Wilkins said. "And it stayed that way until 1881."

Wilkins provided history information to attendees throughout Gold Rush Days.

"I volunteer," Wilkins said. "What...

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