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RCPL and BHKN Digital Archive

Rapid City Public Library and Black Hills Knowledge Network partner to provide a digital archive of historical documents and photos from the Black Hills area. Included in this collection are many photos and documents regarding the 1972 flood.

Aerial Photography

Aerial photography of flood damage taken by Frank Effenberger during casualty recovery operations.

Donated commercial aerial map/photography of the flood taken June 17, 1972 by Fugro Horizons, Inc. (requires Internet Explorer to view linked images)

Digital Library of South Dakota

Black Hills State University

1972 Flood Collection - Keystone This collection contains images of the aftermath of the flood in nearby Keystone, SD. 

Black Hills National Forest Images in this collection include pictures of the damage to local campgrounds, and the cleanup efforts by the Box Elder Job Corpsmen.

South Dakota School of Mines

Black Hills Flood Images - June 9, 1972 Slides used by Corp of Engineers to produce video about the Black Hills flood of June 9, 1972.

Rapid City flood photos Devereaux Library's collection of photos from the 1972 flood.

USGS Photos

Photos of the aftermath of the 1972 Flood

Aerial Photos of the aftermath of the 1972 Flood

These photos are credited to the Dakota Water Science Center and are hosted on the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) website. Additional information regarding the flood and efforts to create a warning system for future flooding is also available on the USGS website.

Interactive Photo Map

Interactive Photo Map - These photos depict the aftermath of the Rapid City Flood of June 2, 1972.