Finding Dead Poets’ South Dakota Hideaway

A search for a site known only from local legend

Cathedral Spires trail facing Black Elk Peak, South Dakota (photo by author)

Summer 2021. Black Hills, South Dakota. I got out of work at 4 PM, five days a week. For a whole week straight after work — the first week of August, the hottest of the summer — I set out on the same one adventure.

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J. W. Barlament

J. W. Barlament

History, politics, religion and the rest. Told with nerve and without reserve. Columbia 2024.