The Southern Hills
Pactola is a reservoir, created by a dam that was built across a steep valley. At the bottom of the lake is the old mining town of Pactola, The water that runs through it is Rapid Creek, which eventually ends up making its way through Rapid City at the base of the Hills, and then on into the Missouri and the Gulf. The dam is, in part, a flood control mechanism. Back in 1972, it was a lot smaller. On June 9th that year, 238 people lost their lives in the stateﾕs largest flood, and more than 3,000 were injured. There was about one billion dollars worth of property damage in 2016 terms ($160m in 1972). South of Pactola another reservoir, Angostura, offers thirty-six miles of shoreline near the town of Hot Springs. Thatﾕs also home to a mammoth site and some natural mineral springs where a road-weary tourist can soak in 87｡ comfort. From rides on an 1880 train to artist communities and wineries, the southern Black Hills have more than enough surprises to fill any vacation calendar.
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