In South Dakota/ Travel Destinations/ USA

1880 Town in South Dakota – Sheriff’s in Town!


We discovered gold in the South Dakota wilderness. Set just off the Interstate, pretty much smack-bang in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota, you can find a town where all of the buildings date back to the 1880s, and are authentically-decorated with furnishings from the same period. Here kids (and adults) can dress up like cowboys (or cowgirls), join in with some foot-tappingly good music & comedy down at the saloon (which serves sasparillas and peanuts), cool their heels in the old jailhouse, and learn the ways of the Old West.

We had been driving for several hours since leaving Sioux Falls, and really needed a break. After seeing an ad for the town in a local magazine, we decided this would be a good place to stretch our legs for a few hours.

After having lunch in a carriage of a 50s train repurposed as a diner (decent burger, hot dog type of food) we spent a couple of hours wandering around the town, which has over 30 buildings, each serving a distinct purpose, from the railroad office to the schoolhouse to the fire station. At back of the saloon you can hire costumes, which C absolutely loved. They’re great quality.

The staff are in-character most of the time, and are very helpful and full of cowboy-banter. Rather incongruously, in a nearby field you can see a camel called Otis, and a gigantic metallic sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Throughout the town there are numerous period mementos, many of which are fascinating.

We had an absolute blast here, and in our opinion it really is worth the small entrance fee. Have a look at what we got up to in our photos below:

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Cost: $12 adults / children under 5 free

Costume hire: $7

Where is it (open map)

We’re linking up with the fab Coombe Mill for #CountryKids, My Travel Monkey & Packing my Suitcase for #MondayEscapes

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  • Jenny Vollmer

    We absolutely LOVE 1880 town! Great pictures!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Jenny! We had no idea of what to expect and had an absolute blast 🙂

  • Life Unexpected

    This looks INCREDIBLE! I’d love to go here. I am so jealous of your round the world trip. I wish that we could do this. xx


    • one tiny leap

      It was brilliant 🙂 He just loved running around town in his Cowboy outfit, learning about how people lived in the Old West. It was great for us too 🙂 xx

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Wow, what a great place to stop and stretch your legs, C looks like he really enjoyed his trip too. It looks like 1880 town was full of loads of different places to explore. C looks adorable in his cowboy suit, what a great little addition to their fab place to really get you in the mood to explore. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • one tiny leap

      It was fantastic, we got to explore the old firestation, the school house (my favourite), the hotel, saloon, jail, etc. It really takes you back. It was such a great, hands-on way for kids to learn about such an important part of history. Thank you for hosting, I love linking up with Country Kids 🙂

  • Merlinda Little

    Goodness! Thats like time traveling isnt it? Lovely place and lovely photos! #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      Isn’t it just? We had such a blast. It was like a dream for him to be the cowboy for a day – perfect as an introduction to staying in cowboy-land as he calls Wyoming 😉

  • Sarah Ebner

    What a fabulous place – and good value too. I really love these pictures and think we would have a great time here too! #Countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      Really was great value. We always try to find off the highway places to stop for lunch and this looked like it could be ok. But it really surprised us how wonderful it was, there’s so much to see and do, and all the staff were brilliant with the kids 🙂

  • I love this – what a great place. Monkey would adore it here and dressing up! It really feels authentic! I love how you capture all the moments – your photos are so wonderful! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • one tiny leap

      It really did, the staff were always in character and really made it feel authentic for the kids and for us too 🙂 Thanks for hosting! x

  • Erin Ek Rush

    Oh what great photos. I am from Montana (but live in the UK) I can’t wait to get my kiddos in their cowboys hats this summer!)

    • one tiny leap

      Oh I bet! He’s loved it 🙂 We’re off to Wyoming again soon, and then going to Montana too 🙂 Do you have anywhere you’d recommend for us to stop between Yellowstone and Vancouver?

  • OMG it looks so incredible, our boys would love it here in fact I would too there is nothing like this in the UK, I think we need a tour of the USA x

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