Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

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Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

Look under the Multimedia table for pictures and more information regarding the event date and location, flow data (if available), a brief summary of the event, and links to available photographs or scanned newspaper articles.

Historical flood reports for the 1890s are sparser than for most other decades. In June 1891, substantial flooding occurred in the Deadwood and Lead area and along the Fall River in Hot Springs. A flood occurred along Spearfish Creek and in the Hot Springs area in July 1895. A storm that began on June 6, 1896, caused flooding throughout much of the Black Hills. In the Hot Springs area, floods occurred on September 12, 1896, and August 6–7, 1897.



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2008, The Rapid City flood of 1972—historic Black Hills floods, accessed December 12, 2008, at

Twomey, K. and Magee, H., eds., and Mueller, D., and Petty, N., compilers, 1983, Early Hot Springs:  Hot Springs, S. Dak., Star Publishers, 117 p.