South Dakota February 05, 2017
These 6 Places In South Dakota Will Take You Back To The 1800s
It’s not hard to find unique places to explore in good ol’ South Dakota, and these places are so downright unique, that they’ll make you feel as though you’ve stepped in a whole other century. From an authentic 1880 train and Laura Ingalls homestead to a whole entire historic town, these places in South Dakota will take you straight back to the 1800’s. Let’s take a look!
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The Homestead Cabin
That’s right, you really can sleep just like the settlers did in this 1880s homestead cabin located near the Badlands National Park. With no electricity in this secluded rustic cabin, you’ll be able to fully disconnect from your urban life and spend a few days off the grid.
You’ll find this little town 22 miles west of Murdo. Visitors can view props from the Dances with Wolves film, watch live entertainment, and even dress up in 1880s wardrobe as they explore the town!
Laura Ingalls Homestead
Visit De Smet and you can explore the very homestead Laura Ingalls lived on and wrote about! All buildings accurately portray life on the homestead, including the one room school house. Spend the day enjoying covered wagon rides, learning how to wash clothes on the washboard, making jump ropes and corn cob dolls!
This train ride is one of the best ways to experience the Black Hills area! You’ll be able to gaze at the stunning scenery as you travel on the original steam train from Keystone to Hill City (or vice versa). The conductors and workers on the trains always wear 1880s clothing, so travelers can feel as if they’re fully immersed into a different era!
This small town is full of historic attractions including the saloon where Wild Bill Hickok was shot by Jack McCall, Mount Moriah’s Cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Seth Bullock were put to rest, a 100-year-old Gold mine, various museums and re-inactions, and so much more. Time travel is impossible, but this town definitely makes you feel as through you’ve been transported back in the 1800’s.
6. 1880 Cowboy Town
This town near Hartford features more than 50 animated exhibits of the American west as well as animated mannequins that re-enact life in the 1800s. Visit their antique museum and chow down on some delicious buffalo burgers.
Have you ever been to these amazing places? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comment section!