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Keystone, like so many towns in the Black Hills started out as a mining camp. Gold was not the only mineral mined in the Black Hills, and Keystone was home to several mines that produced tin, feldspar, lead, and silver.
After the completion of Mount Rushmore, the economy of Keystone transformed to serve the millions of visitors to Borglum's massive mountain carving right next to the town. Filled with 700 rooms, plus cabins, and campsites along with 50 gift shops and restaurants, this small western style town features wooden sidewalks. Black Hills gold is among the favorite sales aside from souvenirs.
Another attraction located in Keystone is the Black Hills Central Railroad, more commonly referred to as "The 1880 train." The Black Hills were once home to several passenger trains, but the BHCR is the only surviving train that still transports passengers between Keystone and Hill City. The steam engine has been featured in many films, and was recently lent to Steven Spielberg and transported all the way to New Mexico. The route offers visitors a unique look at the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills while giving them a chance to experience life as it was a century ago.