“Re-enact 1880s history!”
Inside old buildings on main street, life-sized animated mannequins re-enact 1880s history and life typical of the region. Huge display of antiques and horse-drawn farm equipment. Authentic Lakota sweat lodges, country store, coffee shop, buffalo herd and more.
FYI- We stopped here at 10:30 AM on Wednesday 6-21-18 and it was closed and didn't look operable.
We made it to the cowboy town which looked a bit deserted but figured we'd give it a go. a little shocked that it was a 8 dollar a person fee but we're already there so went ahead. it was a cute little set up. kinda creepy but for sure an experience!!
This location is not the real 1880 Town.
Our kids absolutely loved this!!! Getting to dress up and see all the different buildings and have lunch in an old dining car were a huge hit!
Amazing attraction! The people were very nice, especially Dean, the 86 year old founder of the place just makes you happy! We spent 2 hours here during a road trip - much longer than we had anticipated, but boy, was it worth it! Look for the little details around the town, very entertaining and educating at the same time!
This was a fun and educational visit. Although the animatronics can be a bit creepy, a western town filled with robots is pretty neat. Definitely worth the stop.
We were here many years ago. The children loved it. The best part for them was a cat with her litter. It is worth the stop.
The folks that run his place take it totally seriously... but visitors will not. It’s horrible and wonderful and weird and should not be missed. Mannequins are dusty and odd and recordings are quaint and folksy. Includes actual historical information on homemade signs scattered about the buildings and exhibits. Also a tower to view the herd of buffalo.
Small place but what makes it horrible is it's location next to the highways. I saw cars get into accidents trying to pull into this place. Risky an accident because of cars speeding on the highway is not worth the stop.
This place is AMAZING. Got here around 1230p on a Wednesday and they were open. This is NOT the 1880 town with the train car diner, which is located about another 3 hours west.
If 80s-style animatronic mannequins are your thing you'll be pleasantly surprised. Take it for what it is: a self-guided tour that's a fun stop off the highway through the boring drive west through South Dakota. It's a great time.
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1880 Cowboy Town
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