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A River Road Called 1806

A 59-mile stretch of the Native American Scenic Byway is a cross between a coastal highway and Custer’s wildlife loop.

Dinosaurs and Big Art

There’s diversity to be found along Highway 385.

Into the Badlands

A photographic odyssey on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Makings of a Town

Alcester’s flavorful business district.

The Comeback City

Huron’s been down, but it’s never been out.

Colombe’s Colome

Named for a dashing and daring rancher, the town of Colome still has the cowboy attitude.

The Rush is Over

Bonesteel drew maddening crowds in 1904. Today’s populace likes solitude.

A Spa at Midland

George Stroppel’s healing hands — plus 110-degree water from deep underground — still soothe aches and pains. Photo by Mikkel J. Pates.

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.

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