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Historic Sites

This historic town, once the home of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Old West history lives on at places like Mount Moriah Cemetery and the Adams Museum. For information call: (800)999-1876

Cultural Heritage Center
Located in Peirre it showcases South Dakota history, from American Indian culture to the coming of the poineers. An extensive collection tells the story of the Great Sioux Nation. For information call: (605)733-3458

This "Little Town on the Prairie" was home to author Laura Ingalls Wilder. See the original surveryor's house and the home that Pa built, which displays the largest collection of memorabilia and artifacts of the family existence today. For information call: (605)854-3883

See the new Archeodome and archeological dig. Mitchell's Prehistoric Indian Village dates from the 10th Century. The Archeodome covers protions of the village, allowing for year=round excavation and interpretation at the site. The Archeodome is the only facility of its kind in the country. For information call: (605)996-5473

South Dakota's Lewis and Clark Trail
Travelers can retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along South Dakota's Lewis and Clark Trail, a driving route that follows the Missouri River. Trail markers are located at major highway junctions, and interpretive signs relay information about Lewis and Clark's experiences in South Dakota. Historic sites include Spirit Mound near Vermillion and the Arikara lodge near Gettysburg.

Tourist Attractions

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The four 60-foot granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theordore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln-America's Shrine to Democracy- gaze over South Dakota's Black Hills. For information call: (605)574-2523

Crazy Horse Memorial
The world's largest mountain sculpture in progress, Crazy Horse Memorial depicts the Lakota leader astride a horse. When completed, the sculpture will stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long and will be carved in the round. For information call: (605)673-4681

Badlands National Park
The park encompasses 244,000 acres of striking Badlands formations-steep canyons, jagged spires, bands of colorful rocks-blended with mixed-grass prairie. For information call: (605)433-5361

World's Only Corn Palace
Located in Mitchell, this unusual structure features murals created with multi-colored ears of corn and bundles of grains and grasses. Each year, workers replace the existing murals with new designs. For information call: (605)996-6223

Falls of the Big Sioux
The falls of the Big Sioux River give the state's largest city its name. A viewing tower overlooks the scene, where the Big Sioux tumbles over Sioux quartzite formations typical of the area. For information call: (800)333-2072