At one point, Elk Mountain was a bustling community teeming with working ranches, schools and a lively social life. Though technically located in South Dakota, the families who lived there considered Newcastle their hometown, where they did much of their shopping and business, and where some would eventually relocate. As families moved off ranches and the community slowly wound down in its waning years, the stories and history lived on.
Last Saturday, 20 members of the Weston County Historical Society boarded a bus and embarked on a five-hour tour to revisit many of these places and swap personal histories.
What follows is a condensed version of the tour featuring some of the stops along the journey, as narrated by Walt Soper in his own words.