Bison and Balloons travel blog

Entrance to the Hatchery

Spearfish Creek

Underground Fish Viewing

More Fish

A Big One

The Hatching Flumes and Museum

Bill Feeding the Fish and Ducks

An Old Fish Rescue Boat

The Old Opera House in Spearfish

More of the Town of Spearfish

The Old Bank in Spearfish

Today we were getting ready for our move to Custer so we had many chores to do. We cleaned house, dumped, did laundry and filled the fresh water tank as we will only have electricity at Custer State Park. We took a lunch break in between and went to Culver's. It is one of Sue's favorite hamburger places because it has alot of sandwich choices and most important yummy frozen custard. We had to have sundaes for dessert. Bill had a salted cashew and carmel and Sue had the Turtle with hot fudge, carmel and pecans. YUMMY!!

When we had finished our chores, we made one last trip to Spearfish. We wanted to stop at the D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. This trout hatchery was established in 1896. The old hatchery building has been restored and made into a museum. There is an underwater viewing area where you can see trout of many sizes from small to huge. There is also an old fish rescue boat which was used mostly at Yellowstone Lake. The boat rescued fish when sudden drops in water level threatened their habitat.

The habitat is along Spearfish Creek which runs along the edge of town. Spearfish creek is unusual in that it freezes from the bottom up and flows south to north. The town of Spearfish got its name from the days when the Sioux and Cheyenne speared fish in the creek. The Opera House was built in 1906 and has art shows as well as theater productions and special events. We have really enjoyed our time in Spearfish. It is a very nice town filled with friendly, helpful people and is a great location for day trips to several differnt "must sees".

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