Founded in the 1970s by two local ranchers, the High Plains Western Heritage Center honors the old west pioneers of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska with a furnished log cabin, rural schoolhouse and antique saddle and blacksmith shop.
A small animal farm lets visitors interact with animals just as the settlers did, and a herd of bison and longhorn steers roam the surrounding pastures.
Inside the center, visitors can watch education films in a spacious theatre and visit the transportation room, home to a stagecoach, chuckwagon, buggies and sleighs. Displays honor Native American lore, cowboy culture and the mining and forestry industries. The center’s bookstore and gift shop offer a piece of history to take home with western literature, handcrafted jewelry, artwork and souvenirs.
“Historical Campfire Series” and live monthly Cowboy Music & Poetry performances are offered throughout the year.