This differs from others in the American Mountain Series in that comparatively little space is afforded to chronology, geology etc. While most of the inclusions place the focus on personalities, incident, story. One basic element characterizes all of the contributors- a devotion to the region, a sense of its qualities found nowhere else. Though the Dakotas boast only some 75 years of white man occupation, in those years have grown up tales of lost gods, heroes and legends that seem hoary with antiquity. From Paul Bunyan to Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore, the stories embrace a wide range:- Sioux and Cheyennes, explorers, fur traders, adventurers, miners, rustlers, missionaries, immigrants- and of course the Army. Now with the National Parks and the springs, they have, too, the tourists. Sources of true westerns- characters that run through even the comics (Crazy Horse, Deadwood Dick, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Custer, Jedediah Smith)- plenty of story material here. And always the miners, in this ""earth's richest 100 miles square"".