South Dakota ~ 1880 Town and Prairie Dogs

Monday, October 6th ~ Continuing our drive along Interstate 90 (part 1)

At 1880 Town

At 1880 Town

What a day, what a day, what a day. Between the two of us we took almost 500 pictures. You might think this was a record, but sadly it is not…

Entrance to 1880 Town

Entrance to 1880 Town

The first stop this morning was at the 1880 Town. Located on Interstate 90, 22 miles west of Murdo, SD. It makes a great place to stretch your legs, see some wonderfully furnished rooms/buildings, movie memorabilia, and historic photography. It was like stepping back into an authentic western town.

“South Dakota’s Original 1880 TOWN has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs, a Casey Tibbs exhibit and Dances with Wolves movie props…” ~

I almost expected to see a gunslinger walking down the street.

I almost expected to see a gunslinger walking down the street.

Here are a few of the interior shots we took:

Old time cash register

Old time cash register

For some reason the small pictures below are not loading sharp, but if you click on them, you can see the original clear photo.

And a few more of the buildings:


Longhorn Saloon

Pony Express

Wells Fargo Express

Since it was the end of the season, we had the place all to ourselves for about an hour which allowed us free run and we could snap pictures to our hearts desire.

The town was used in the filming of the movie “Dances with Wolves“, a 1990 movie starring Kevin Costner and an area is devoted to set props. The film won seven academy awards including Best Picture.

From Dances With Wolves

From Dances With Wolves

There was also a picture arcade that fascinated me. These two pictures in particular stood out:

Survivors from Little Big Horn

Survivors from the battle at Little Big Horn (1876)

An amazing collection of famous people

An amazing collection of famous people

I found it quite extraordinary to have so many people with famous stories all gathered together in one picture. The likes of Wyatt Earp, Teddy Roosevelt, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as well as the Hanging Judge Bean.

Moving on down the road, we spotted some prairie dog holes. I swear, Tim is like an animal whisperer and can walk up to almost any critter. They seem to know that he will not harm them, and are equally curious.

Tim having a face to face with a prairie dog

Tim having a face to face with a prairie dog

He managed to take some pretty cool pictures while he talked to them.

This post is already getting long, and our day was only 1/2 over so:


GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for my husband’s ability to get up close and personal with animals. It makes for some great photos, a bit of laughter and lots and lots of smiles.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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8 Responses to South Dakota ~ 1880 Town and Prairie Dogs

  1. Wonderful post, great pictures. I, too, am amazed by all those famous people in one picture! Interesting!!


  2. Maya says:

    I’m not sure how much time you’ll be spending in SD but I hope it’s long enough to spend a day in The Badlands and a FEW days in the Black Hills. You won’t get the colors of the Kankamagus but there are a number of spectacular drives, I personally recommend the Iron Mountain Road where you’ll go through tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore.


  3. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post and, in so doing, introducing me to yours and taking me with you to South Dakota. BTW, I, too, am thankful for your husband’s ability to get up close and personal with animals! I love those prairie dogs!


  4. Love your shots! What a great place for photography……gophers and all:)


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