From Rapid City, we headed south, reentered Wyoming and stopped off in Lusk. This was mostly just a rest and relaxation stop after many days of sightseeing activity. In Lusk we parked at BJ’s Campground.
The town of Lusk was on the route taken by the Cheyenne-Black Hills Stage Line which ran between Deadwood, SD, and Cheyenne, WY, via this 300 mile trail from 1875 until 1888 when the railroad took over. When gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874, the stage line connected the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne with the gold mining region of the Black Hills. Lusk has preserved one of the coaches used on this stage line and it can be seen, along with a substantial amount of memorabilia from Lusk’s history in the Stagecoach Museum. The coach was built by the Abbott-Dunning Company of Concord, NH, in 1863. Along with others, it was shipped around Cape Horn to San Francisco. It was used for a few years in the gold fields of Nevada before being brought to eastern Wyoming to the Cheyenne-Black Hills Stage Line.
Next stop: Glenrock, WY