Called Minnekahta (warm waters) by the original white settlers in 1879, the town’s name was changed to Hot Springs in 1886.
Spurred by a vast range and tall grass, ranchers staked their bankroll on cattle and helped build the town of Hot Springs. Merchants sold their wares, and by 1890 local residents such as businessman Fred Evans and others of entrepreneurial spirit embarked on an ambitious plan to turn the whole town into a health spa. Evans built the Evans Plunge over a group of small springs and one giant thermal spout of warm mineral water. When the railroad began unloading passengers at the Hot Springs Train Depot in 1891, the town’s future was secured.
Surrounded by rugged canyons and pine-covered hills, the town of 3,700 boasts mineral water health spas, National Parks and grass lands, lake resorts, history museums, unique accommodations, shops and restaurants and a first class school district. Hot Springs is home to the VA Black Hills Medical Center and the State Veterans Home. While embracing the tourism industry, and a growing artist community, Hot Springs is a superior location for any industrious entrepreneaur.
Established in 1890, Edgemont is named for its location on the southern flank of the Black Hills. In this small ranching community and crew change station for the BNSF Railway, residents enjoy a slower pace of life. Residents are active in community groups, churches, and other social organizations, always looking to improve life here in Edgemont.
Edgemont’s schools are known for their positive atmosphere. Student to teacher ratios average 7:1 and the Edgemont School District has many programs that ensure each student receives the best education they can get.
Residents are never at a loss for entertainment. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, including hiking and horseback riding in the Black Hills National Forest, bicycling on the Mickelson Trail, and hunting on the public lands. Photographers delight in the beautiful scenery and breathtaking wildlife native to the area. The Edgemont Theatre Company provides a chance for residents to get their 15 minutes of fame by acting in one of their side-splitting melodramas.
Edgemont’s cozy atmosphere, friendly community, good schools, and recreational activities make it the perfect place to call home.