Day 15: Pactola Reservoir

Pactola Reservoir

Pactola Reservoir

pause at the Bridal Veil Falls – and elsewhere along this twisting 19 mile drive before reaching Lead and Deadwood. These towns are neatly tucked into the canyon cracks, wherever there is a reasonable flat space – or they are carved into the cliff. Deadwood appears more prosperous, with old brick buildings and streets lining the brief section of road we follow to get through.

We stop for a longer time at the visitor center at a lake/reservoir that offers spectacular views of a drowned valley, the Pactola Reservoir. The center is small, but offers an exhaustive display about the region’s history, from geologic terms to Native American uses and finally the settlers who lived there, and left to make way for the reservoir.

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