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1880 Town

Interstate-90, exit 170
Murdo  South Dakota  57559
United States
(605) 344-2236
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Midwest Living Review

Lori Erickson
Travelers step back in time at this historical village that includes props and sets used in "Dances With Wolves."

Located directly off Interstate-90, 1880 Town is a popular stop for travelers on their way to South Dakota's Black Hills. This privately owned museum takes in more than 30 historical buildings that have been moved here from various locations throughout the state, as well as an eclectic collection of pioneer, cowboy and Native American artifacts.

For $12 adult admission, visitors enter the town by passing through a 14-sided round barn with musty displays of antique buggies, old saddles and mannequins in old-fashioned garb. The upstairs level is more interesting with an array of props from Dances With Wolves, including a sod house, tent and teepee. Outside, two rows of buildings re-create a Western town circa-1880 with a saloon, hotel, livery, train station, church and bank. Up the hill, a prairie homestead offers a little taste of just how austere and remote pioneer life might have been.

Though somewhat ramshackle, this windswept group of buildings does create the feel of a bygone era. Some structures are open for touring; others are fully furnished with off-limits interiors behind mesh screens. The saloon carries ice cream treats and showcases a variety of live performances. Visitors can also take free horse-drawn carriage rides and rent costumes to wear while touring the grounds and taking pictures. Just outside town, a restaurant housed in a 1950s train diner car sells soups and packaged sandwiches, which patrons eat at tables in the train.

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