New book details history of a Black Hills institution

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A business with a 135-year history in the Black Hills was featured in one the Journey Museum’s “Turtle Soup” presentations Friday afternoon.

Abrahamson and Zimmer present their new book at the Journey Museum.

Historians Eric John Abrahamson and Eric Zimmer presented their new book “Expanding the Energy Horizon: A History of Black Hills Corporation since 1883.”

Black Hills Corporation played an important role in the development of the region’s mining industry, bringing electricity to the mines of Deadwood in the 1880s.

The business has grown to serve customers as far away as Arkansas. But even when the opportunity has presented itself, they have chosen to keep their roots in Rapid City.

“The Black Hills Corporation has over 1.25 million customers in eight different states and yet they recently decided to stay here in the Black Hills rather than move on to a bigger city,” said Eric Zimmer. “I think a lot of that has to do with their awareness of the people of this community, the values that attach them to this place and the history that has really driven their story for over a century now.”

In late 2017, Black Hills Corporation opened a new multi-million dollar headquarters on the south side of Rapid City.

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