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Before the first survey laid out the town, the land was home to the Lakota and other American Indians for generations. In 1876, white settlers attracted to the Black Hills by the discovery of gold founded a community they called Hay Camp. Located at a natural entrance into the Black Hills, the community was later renamed Rapid City and became the largest city in western South Dakota.
Unlike Black Hills communities that began as mining camps, Rapid City owes its beginning to a group of discouraged gold prospectors. John Brennan and Samuel Scott were part of the wave of white settlers who flocked to the region after the Custer Expedition discovered gold here in 1874. In February 1876 Brennan and Scott led a small party of men to the banks of Rapid Creek, where they laid out a square-mile business district for what is now Rapid City. Within six months, more than 100 people called Rapid City “home.”
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