My father-in-law Ed and I stopped by Johnny Spaulding’s cabin in Belle Fourche, he wasn’t home, but we were able to peak through the windows. 

Johnny Spaulding was a hunter, guide, scout, and a Black Hills area pioneer, who came to the area during the 1876 gold rush.  Johnny built this two-story cabin in 1876.  It was no ordinary cabin; the hand-hewn logs had been hauled from the hills between Crook City and Deadwood.  The cabin was originally located on the Lower Redwater River just north of Highway 34 east near Belle Fourche.  Pioneers made the cabin a safe haven during the early days of Butte County.


Read more about Johnny Spaulding and his cabin:

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