At first, one Black Hawk rancher didn't know what happened to his heifers during the October blizzard. It turns out they went on quite the journey. Jesse Lewis tends to his cows. Some of his heifers are special.
"They just decided they wanted to go visiting Rapid City during the storm," said Lewis.
Before the October blizzard, Lewis moved some of his cows from an open pasture to a creek bottom.
"But even with the protection they had they still blew out," said Lewis.
They were seen in downtown Rapid City and near the Robbinsdale Lounge. The trek from Black Hawk to Rapid City is about ten miles. They were found at the School of Mines.
"We got some panels and went up through the School of Mines. We built a little corral and Jesse’s cattle were cake broke, and they followed right and we loaded them up and brought them home," said Dale Schuelke, who helped find the cows.
Schuelke says he knew Lewis' heifers had yellow ear tags, so he was able to identify the cows.
"We went up there took a snow mobile, I believe, and rode up on top the hill and discovered they were his cows," said Schuelke.
The cows were gone for four days on their journey. Months later they are back in the same area where they escaped from. But now they have calved.
"This is pretty remarkable because they all came home. They toured Rapid City," said Lewis.
It's a story from the blizzard with a happy ending. Though it seems theses cows still like to wander.