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South Dakota: Black Hills rich in history, mystery

February 26, 2011View for printing

"It is said that as a somewhat deflated George Armstrong Custer lay bleeding in the Montana dirt at Little Big Horn, he turned his glazed and dimming eyes east and said, 'At least we don't have to go back through South Dakota.' "

At least that's how writer Tim Cahill put it. South Dakota, it seems, is every jokester's favorite state: not so much a travel destination as a national punch line.

John Flinn, Special to The Chronicle ... 01AUF48.DTL
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