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High Plains Western Heritage Center

I-90, Exit 14 825 Heritage Drive
Spearfish, SD 57783

605- 642-9378

History 

High Plains Western Heritage Center features a 

5-State Regional Museum founded to honor the Old West Pioneers and American Indians of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.  Western Artifacts, Western Art, Live Animals and Family History Displays are used as a determinant of Historical Events.

 In the mid 1970's, area ranchers were concerned that the story of settlement in High Plains Region would not be preserved.  Two ranchers, Harry Blair and Edgar (Slim) Gardner, are considered Founders of the High Plains Heritage Society d/b/a High Plains Western Heritage Center, a Non-profit Organization. 

 Through Donations and Fundraising efforts, monies were accrued to Purchase Land and start Building the Structure.  On September 1, 1989, a Grand Opening Ceremony took place.

Six categories of High Plains History were chosen to be honored:  Pioneering, Cattle & Sheep Ranching, Rodeo, Transportation, American Indians, and Mining.

 Today, the Center provides over 20,000 sq. ft. of Presentation featuring a wide range of Western Artifacts.  The Center has a spacious Theatre complete with state-of-the-art Sound System.  The Transportation Room features a Concord Stagecoach, Chuckwagon, "Tally Ho" Wagon, Buggies, and Sleighs.  Outside Displays include a furnished One-Room Schoolhouse, Homestead Log Cabin and Antique Farm & Ranch Equipment.

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