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Adams Museum to Host Book Signing and Presentation

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – Local author and railroad enthusiast Rick Mills will show a video clip from Black Hills Railroads: Then and Now, a documentary he wrote the script for, and sign copies of his new book 125 Years of Black Hills Railroading on Saturday, July 30, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. at the Adams Museum. Mills combines not only the nuts and bolts of area railroads and operations from the first locomotive in the area (1879) to the present, but also gives a perspective on how the Hills and the railroads evolved together. “I wish I could explain why I have had a lifelong interest in trains, but I do know that it has always been a part of me,” said Mills. “The influences of the railroad on the Black Hills, the Northern Plains, and the American experience cannot be overstated. The railroads were the catalyst for westward expansion, and for the development of the cities, the transportation routes, and other forms of commerce in the country that we know today. Good or bad, depending on a person's own heritage and experiences, the railroads and their employees have played a pivotal role in this region and the country.” The Adams Museum is located at 54 Sherman St. The presentation is open to the public, free of charge and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 605-578-3724. The book and DVD signing is sponsored by; the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming, Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming, Gold Dust/Holiday Inn Express and Midnight Star. -30- Deadwood’s Adams Museum & HouseSM is a non-profit educational complex dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and material culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills.