Parade magazine: One of ‘America’s Greatest Train Rides’ is in S.D.

My Saturday newspaper comes with Parade magazine inserted into it. When I saw that Parade’s cover story this week is about "America’s Greatest Train Rides," I wondered if one of the rides might be in South Dakota.

Sure enough, there on Page 5 is a listing of "Unforgettable Day Trips by Rail" that includes the Black Hills Central Railroad, aka the 1880 Train:

For a unique vantage point on two of our national parks, try the … Black Hills Central Railroad near Mt. Rushmore, a two-and-a-half-hour tour of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

That’s about as brief as publicity gets, but it’s a national publication. Congrats to the 1880 Train, one of South Dakota’s great attractions.

For more on Parade’s list of great train rides, go to

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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