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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river rising in northeast Wyoming and flowing about 467 km (290 mi) to the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota.


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  • The mostly treeless Semiarid Pierre Shale Plains is characterized by heavy, mesic soils derived from underlying Cretaceous Pierre shale as well as calcareous Niobrara shale, Carlile shale, Mowry shale, and Belle Fourche shale that are generally not common in the Sagebrush Steppe (43e).

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • It could get fairly heavy in places like Belle Fourche, back over to Rapid City, maybe even into Aberdeen.

    CNN Transcript Apr 4, 2009

  • By 1879 there were enough ranches along the Powder to organize Johnson County, and thousands of cattle were being trailed into the watered ranges of the Tongue, the Belle Fourche, the Greybull, and the Shoshone.


  • The Belle Fourche stage station, stockaded against Indian attack, offered shelter to stage passengers from the Black Hills.


  • Much of the country's nuclear stockpile has been dismembered, and the ranchers in nearby Belle Fourche are no longer collecting a little extra rent from the Pentagon for the use of their meadowlands.

    Military Industrial Complex Calling The Shots

  • (Special) --- On the brown prairie just a few miles west of Belle Fourche, (pronounced BELL-foosh, South Dakota), a town that styles itself the geographic heart of America, you can pull your car off two-lane blacktop highway 212 and watch the antelope graze.

    Military Industrial Complex Calling The Shots

  • June in Belle Fourche, South Dakota: "With Ken Lay roaming free in my own former representative trying to get his second-degree murder conviction set aside so he can practice law again, where do you put Martha on this scale?"

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2004

  • The news went over the sage-brush from Belle Fourche to Sweetwater, and playful, howling horsemen made it their custom to go rioting with pistols round the ticket office, educating the agent.

    Lin McLean

  • A week later we crossed the Belle Fourche, sometimes called the North

    The Outlet

  • The divide between the Belle Fourche and the latter stream was a narrow one, requiring little time to graze across it, and intercepting the Little Missouri somewhere in Montana.

    The Outlet


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