Blacktail, South Dakota

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Blacktail, South Dakota
Black Tail
Blacktail is located in South Dakota
Location of Blacktail in South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°22′12″N 103°45′37″W / 44.3699843°N 103.7601982°W / 44.3699843; -103.7601982Coordinates: 44°22′12″N 103°45′37″W / 44.3699843°N 103.7601982°W / 44.3699843; -103.7601982[1]
Country United States
State South Dakota
County Lawrence
Elevation[1] 4,777 ft (1,456 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)

Blacktail (also known as Black Tail) is a ghost town in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The name was collected by the United States Geological Survey between 1976 and 1980, and entered into the Geographic Names Information System on February 13, 1980.[1]

Blacktail was named for the black-tailed deer spotted by a settler near the town site.[2] Blacktail was an early mining camp in which some of the Homestake Mine's mills operated. While the town flourished for a while, it eventually became a ghost town. It was located between Central City and Gayville, and in the area where Blacktail Gulch and Bobtail Gulch meet.[3] The site has an elevation of 4,777 feet (1,456 m).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Blacktail". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-02-13. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 44. 
  3. ^ Parker, Watson, and Hugh K. Lambert. Black Hills Ghost Towns. First ed. Vol. 1. Chicago, IL: The Swallow Press Incorporated, 1974. 188-91. 1 vols. Print.