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“A step back in time”

South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Murdo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

This place is super cool! All of the buildings are fully functional, and everything is amazing! Make sure to go over to the farm (they have real live camels!!!!). Try to go in the summer though, because you can rent a costume, and eat at their restaurant! Looks tacky on the outside but once you are in it is great!

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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We saw the signs for this on the highway and decided to stop for a break in our journey towards the Badlands. Wow, it was such a great place. Worth the nominal fee to enter ( a few dollars per person). The buildings were really fun and interesting, the kids could climb on the wagons and pretend to ride them, they could have dressed up in period costume if they wanted, there was a school house withe bell that they rang, and an old train they could climb all over. All in all we spent a happy couple of hours. (kids loved the semi wild cats with kittens that were living in the barns.)

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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Little pricey, $9 per person. Not on my recommended things to stop and see on I-90. I think children are a must for this visit, but I may have been spoiled by Living History Farms in Des Moines where the town is interactive and working. Not just propped up.

4  Thank SamplesEvrythng
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

We stopped after seeing the billboards and enjoyed the visit. It's nothing fancy, but the authenticity of the old buildings from different parts of South Dakota made for an interesting stop. Occasional connections to old TV westerns were fun to see.

1  Thank rjay01
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

After seeing (many) signs for 1880's Town along the way on our road trip out to South Dakota, we decided to stop and take a look. So glad we did! There are so many artifacts to look at and if you go upstairs in the main building, you can look at sets, photos, items from the Dances with Wolves film.
There is a reconstructed town from the old west--multiple buildings--a jail, livery stable, mayor's office, church, hotel, etc, etc, and even a two-storey saloon where the sarsparilla (yep, that's how it's spelled) is cold and refreshing. As a lover of history, I was delighted to go into each buiding and get a feeling of how it must have been back then.
I recommend this attraction highly.
And after your visit (we were there on a very hot day!), try out a cool drink and lunch in the diner (an old rail car) that is delicious and reasonably priced.

3  Thank MomDtr
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