I have always been in awe at the mysterious beauty of Pactola Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For anyone that’s been there, you know what I mean…especially for it’s deep blue-green color on a still day. When talking to friends and family about it and going to it’s Visitor Center, I learned there was an old mining town and resort beneath it. Before that, the land belonged to the Sioux Indians. To read more and how this lake now protects the people of Rapid City and vicinity, see PactolaLake.com.
Tatanka is a Lakota word meaning “Big Beast”. For the Northern Plains People Tatanka meant “life”. For more, see the Story Of The Bison. Photo taken during the Legion Lake Fire after all the buffalo in the area migrated south to Wind Cave National Park, SD – December 2017.