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Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
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+1 605-433-5400

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and...

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.

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interesting view of a harsh life

I had initially passed this place by thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. But the second day in the Badlands, it was just too hot for much hiking, and I felt this place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
Flint, Michigan

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Flint, Michigan
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I had initially passed this place by thinking it was a cheesy tourist trap. But the second day in the Badlands, it was just too hot for much hiking, and I felt this place calling. What a treat this was! You get to see a sod house, which took me back to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book.. The house is... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

it was expensive to take the tour and for admission, but you could stand next to the fence and take pictures which was always easier then walking around it

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Homestead is very well preserved and a great example of the homesteaders lived. They have a film that explains the homestead and how families survived. They even have representative clothing you can wear during the tour of the Homestead.

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Laclede, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We didn't know about this attraction until we saw the sign on the way to Badlands National Park. So glad we stopped in. Excellent visitor center, inexpensive, nice gift shop. Self-guided tour begins with an historical 10 minute video documentary, then walk the compact grounds and go inside the prairie house, cellar, even the chicken house. Includes a unique experience... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Good orientation video, insight into how people lived on the prairie a little over a hundred years ago. plenty of white prairie dogs, goats, chickens, etc. to add authenticity to the preserved sod home and homestead buildings.

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Lehi, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Well worth the $7 admission to see what life on the prairie was actually like. If you are a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this place will help you visualize what the little sod house on Plum Creek was really like. Period costumes are provided for you to wear as you walk among the buildings, if you like. Ground hogs,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This was a great way to see how people lived. The little museum has a good film and several photos that explain the building and how the museum came to be there. Then you go out to see the buildings and they're very authentic feeling. The house has a neat recording that explains what you're seeing, which was very helpful.... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We stopped here near closing time, so I felt we did not see all that was offered. There is a film -- which explains a lot about the history of the area.

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Easy to find off Hwy 240, just north of the Badlands NP northeast entrance. Interesting little visitor centre, with a video to watch about the history of the homestead and family that lived there. You can walk through the rooms in the house and the outbuildings and imagine what a hard life it must have been for the pioneers living... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stumbled on this stop upon leaving the Badlands Loop Road. I am so glad we stopped, as a history buff I had heard of sod houses but never seen one. This is a very simple attraction but has a lot of charm to it. It represents an actual SD family that lived here. The prairie dogs along make it... More 

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