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South Dakota’s Little Finland


Frederick recalls its Finnish ways.

Philip: The Rugged West


The town’s namesake has overshadowed it, but Philip does share traits with the man who saved the buffalo.

Tractors and fishing boats are nearly as common as cars and trucks in Garden City.

Garden City's Potato Famine


When spuds were the stars of Clark County.

Pillars of the Prairie

August 15, 2014
Clearly South Dakotans are proud of their water towers.

A large column of weathered sandstone frames a view across the plains to the 
east of the Cave Hills where Custer’s Expedition passed about three-quarters of a mile away on July 12, 1874. The Slim Buttes are visible 20 miles off on the distant horizon.

Custer’s Trail Today


Two books explore George Custer’s path through the Black Hills and how the region has changed. Photo by Paul Horsted.

The natural shape of the hills northeast of Clear Lake creates a theater that will seat over 5,000 spectators. Photo by Christian Begeman.

A Cowboy's Dream


The humble beginnings of Clear Lake's Crystal Springs Ranch Rodeo. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Pickerel Lake’s Stone Walls


The skilled masons of Day County add charm to this glacial lake.

The patio at Prairie Berry Winery near Hill City offers a majestic view of the Southern Hills.

South Dakota Wine Tour

October 23, 2013
A New York Times writer stopped to sip at 4 of our 25 vineyards.

Seeing crocodiles, alligators and other wild beasts in action is part of the fun at Reptile Gardens. Photo by Chad Coppess of South Dakota Tourism. Click to enlarge photos.

Rapid City Reptiles

July 31, 2013
See the crawling, squirming creatures people love to hate at Reptile Gardens.

A National Park Service employee points to the double-locked red box that concealed the code and keys for a missile launch at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. 2007 photo by Paul Higbee.

The Mystery of a Missile Silo


A West River historic site preserves South Dakota's role in the Cold War. 

Dayle Tibbs Angyal says visitors to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center enjoy the exhibits and a chance to sit on a harmless bronc. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Central South Dakota's Playground

March 13, 2013
River fun and rodeo history are big draws for Fort Pierre visitors.

City officials erected a monument celebrating Belle Fourche s status as Center of the Nation, but the real spot lies north of town. SD Tourism photo.

Our Nation's Exact Middle

January 16, 2013
The heart of America lies in a pasture near Belle Fourche.

Cuthbert  Old Papineau  DuCharme s trading post was the first structure in Geddes Historic Village. Photos by Bernie Hunhoff. Click to enlarge.

A Village Begun by Old Papineau


Geddes historian Ron Dufek is keeping Charles Mix County history alive at the local historic village.

Chance Encounters of a Rural Kind


No map is required to find some of South Dakota’s best treasures — they’re as close as the nearest roadside mailbox.

South Dakotans are accustomed to running into old acquaintances, celebrities, and even buffalo at Al s Oasis in Oacoma. Click to enlarge photos.

Cities at the Crossroads


Twin towns welcome travelers where I-90 meets the Missouri River.

Did Jesse Jump Devil's Gulch?


Pondering the Jesse James legend is just part of the fun of visiting Split Rock Creek near Garretson.

Crazy Horse: Pointing to the Future


On a pilgrimage to the Black Hills, one South Dakota native found mountainous inspiration in a dream taking shape near Custer.

Photo by Chad Coppess of S.D.Tourism.

The Capitol's Blue Stones

February 8, 2012
Traveling to Pierre this legislative session? Keep an eye out for bits of bright blue.

Leaving Tracks


Phillip Hammes recalls experiencing the South Dakota plains from a rumbling boxcar in the early 1980s.

Photo by Greg Latza.

The Great Tradition of Wall


Wall mixes ice water, entertainment and big ideas.

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