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WELCOME TO BELLE FOURCHE cowboy town features rich history and a hometown feel
When visitors arrive in Belle Fourche, they are welcomed with open arms and invited to immerse themselves in the cowboy lore and all of the Wild West history area residents have come to embrace. This gateway to the Northern Hills has so much to offer, while still providing a hometown atmosphere and an enriching way of life. Whether it’s taking in a rodeo, perusing a museum, shopping at all of the unique downtown shops, or enjoying a nice meal — there is truly something for everyone. Belle Fourche, which translates from French into “beautiful fork” is nestled between the Redwater and Belle Fourche rivers and surrounded by Hay Creek. One of its claims to fame is the Black Hills Roundup, one of the oldest outdoor rodeos in the country, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Known as the greatest show on dirt, the rodeo started 1918 and decades later the event still draws thousands of visitors to the community every year surrounding the Fourth of July. The other is the fact that Belle Fourche is truly the geographical center of the nation, and a beautiful monument was constructed at
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the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center to highlight the fact and provide an experience for visitors. The breadth of history that Belle Fourche is known for, is something to experience. It all began when some of the area’s first settlers found the area to be profitable in the fur trade, and soon it became a rendezvous point. Then, during the Black Hills gold rush in 1876 treasure seekers quickly realized that the fertile valleys around Belle Fourche
provided land for farmers and ranchers to prosper. When the cattle business picked up across the United States, a stage line was constructed between Medora, N.D., and Deadwood in 1884 and a weigh station was built on a ranch owned by Sol Star and Seth Bullock. A few years later, news of a possible freight stop in the area and in 1890 a railroad terminal was built where the Belle Fourche Livestock Auction sits today.
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One of America’s oldest continually running outdoor rodeos turns 100 this year, when the Black Hills Roundup takes place July 2-6. “Very few PRCA rodeos can say that,” Black Hills Roundup Committee Chairman Clay Crago said in describing a centennial celebration. “To carry on the rodeo and the cowboy tradition for 100 years is just phenomenal.” Events for this year will include a cattle drive, mutton bustin’, ranch rodeo, concerts, steer roping, a downtown carnival, two nights of fireworks, and four PRCA rodeo performances. The cattle drive will include about 200 head of longhorns and begin about 30 miles west of Belle Fourche. Some of
those cattle will be used for that night’s ranch rodeo. “We’re trying to go back to the old days somewhat but still keep a modern rodeo,” Crago said in describing preparation for the 100th. He added events for this year could include chuckwagon races, Native American tepees, and a free July 4 street dance. That return to the roots is what Crago looks forward to the most. He also anticipates seeing how attendees respond to what the Roundup does. Crago’s familiarity with the Roundup goes back many years. He is part of a ranch family and has gone from committee member to chairman. “There are so many that are unforgettable,” Crago said when asked
Started in 1918 to raise funds for the Red Cross during World War I, and named the “Tri-State Roundup,” the Black Hills Roundup drew 15,000 spectators to Belle Fourche its first year. The Roundup started on the Fourth of July and raised nearly $20,000 for the war effort. Though the war ended the year after, the popularity of the rodeo made it an annual event. That first Roundup consisted of saddle bronc riding, wagon, horse and relay races, bulldogging, steer and calf roping, cow pony races, and a ladies’ bucking contest. Continued on page 6 2019 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 5
From page 5 Simple in setup in its humble beginning, the rodeo had no chutes or stands, and the arena was barely fenced in enough to keep the horses from getting out. Obviously this made for more risk, as the contestant would have to catch the bronc before a ride. The rules were simple: choose a bronc, “ear” it, climb on, nod, and start. To “ear” a horse, two or three cowboys would catch its head and bite its ear to control it, distracting it long enough to saddle up and hop on. In the ladies’ bucking contest, women were required to “shackle” their horse, tying the stirrups together underneath the horse, as it was believed to be safer and easier for the women to thus participate. Roundups through the 1920s consisted of whatever the organizing group at the time decided to do, as there was no standard or type of events for a rodeo. Many events at the early Roundups were organized by the Bit and Spur Saddle Club, which added to the entertainment and fun of the rodeo atmosphere. Rodeo events were canceled in 1929 because of the mud in the arena. An early newspaper clipping tells of what replaced the events: “a burlesque show was put on for two or three hours …” Outdoor rodeos today are rarely, if ever, stopped on account of weather, and there is plenty of
about his Roundup memories. “I think some of the best ones are the fireworks that Fritz Carlson puts on, and just the caliber of bucking stock that comes to the rodeo.” One of the biggest changes Crago has seen is the ranch rodeo that made its debut here 10 years ago, along with two nights of fireworks and four PRCA performances.
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25,000 people may be in town that day. Honors piled in for the Roundup in 2018. It was named the PRCA Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. Its committee earned induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the facility was named WPRA Badlands
Circuit Ground of the Year. “It’s kind of been a fairy tale for us,” Crago said in describing 2018. “I don’t know how you top it.”
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evidence to suggest the appearance of mud on many horses and competitors throughout the action of the Roundup. The 1930s brought the chance for the younger generation to participate in the events of the rodeo. A rancher would agree to bring a dozen calves, and children could earn $1 to ride a calf in the arena. Many youngsters also practiced their trick riding during the Roundup. Buffalo have been present throughout the Roundup events since the 1940s, either in staged stampedes or entertainment. In the 1940s, a buffalo hunt would be staged, as actors dressed in Native American garb to chase the buffalo as they ran through the arena, and in more recent years there have been trick acts with buffalo performing all sorts of interesting feats. Chariot racing became a favorite in the 1950s and 1960s, where a two-wheeled cart pulled by one horse held a racer, and many contestants readied their horses for this event as they traveled. The horse would pull the family and rodeo supplies to Belle Fourche in true practical training, and later race against one another with much lighter loads. The formation of the PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association) standardized seven events for the Roundup: bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
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At the turn of the century, Calamity Jane returned to the Black Hills in her final stages of raging alcoholism. One of the most famous madams, Dora Du Fran took in Calamity Jane where she worked as the brothel’s laundress and cook until her death August 2, 1903.
How to keep the cowboys in town when they came to ship the livestock? They wanted gambling, drink, dance, and girls. The merchants of Belle saw that the cowboys had what they wanted or they would have taken all their money to Deadwood.
The Doolittle Raid, April 1942, was the first air raid by the US to strike a Japanese home island. Lt. Don Smith, Belle Fourche High School Class of ’36, USAA Corps, piloted the 15th plane to take off from the aircraft carrier Hornet. Lt. Smith crash landed off the coast of China. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Military Order of China from Madame Chiang Kaishek and earned the rank of captain. He was honored by his hometown of Belle Fourche at the 1942 Black Hills Roundup. In November of 1942, Capt. Smith died while piloting a plane over western Europe. He was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012.
In July 1918, a telegram was sent to President Wilson offering a donation of a prize lamb which brought $5,425 at a Red Cross Auction at the first Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche. The telegram asked for the lamb to have a “meal” on the White House Lawn. The president replied, “I appreciate your telegram and admire the work for the Red Cross…thanks for thinking of me, but I have no means to care for such a lamb.”
The Great Butte County Bank Robbery in 1897 was committed by the Hole-In-the Wall Gang including Kid Curry, the Sundance Kid, and Tom O’Day. Wells Fargo Bank currently sits on the site of the Butte County Bank. On March 13, 1907, John C. Perrett, “Potato Creek Johnny” who found the largest gold nugget in the Black Hills, married Mollie Hamilton at the Butte County Courthouse. They had no children, and the marriage was reported as stormy. They separated after 20 years and divorced Sept. 3, 1928. Mollie died in Belle Fourche in 1944, and is buried in Pine Slope Cemetery.
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The famous bucking horse, Tipperary, was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He was credited with dumping 80 riders before Yakima Canutt made a qualified ride in 1920. Canutt also rode the famed bronc a second time in Belle Fourche in 1921. The colt was rejected by military horse buyers because he bucked off all riders. A saloonkeeper, who won the horse in a poker game, bet a local bronc rider $500 that he couldn’t ride the horse. The cowboy was bucked off and sat in the dust singing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, a famous World War I song. The name caught on and Tipperary began a bucking career that lasted until 1928.
Belle Fourche once had a traveling house of prostitution that floated up and down the Belle Fourche River. In 1919, the town “tried to spoil a man’s fun.” They voted out prostitution and voted in prohibition. A local milliner made hats giving the girls at the brothels first choice. Once a hat was chosen, that model was taken off the market so proper women of the town would not be seen wearing the same hat. The 1972 Western movie, “The Cowboys”, starring John Wayne, Slim Pickens, and Robert Carradine’s film debut, is a classic cowboy tale of a 400 mile cattle drive to Belle Fourche. A life-size likeness of John Wayne can be found at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, ready for a photo opportunity and to greet visitors to the area. PHOTOS COURTESY TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
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center of the Nation
MoNuMeNt South Dakota sits front and center in the United States, geographically, and Belle Fourche holds the distinction as being the center of the nation since it is the closest community to the geographic point. The geographical center of the landmass of the United States moved on Aug. 21, 1959, the day that Hawaii became the 50th state, and on Aug. 21, 2007, the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce and the Center of the Nation Planning Committee marked the spot by dedicating a new monument next to the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. Made from South Dakota granite, the 21by-40 foot compass rose marks Belle Fourche as the geographic center of the nation, with a 12-inch bronze marker from the National
Geodetic Survey verifying the location. “We work hard to make sure all our visitors have an enjoyable and memorable experience while they are here,” Kristi Thielen, the director of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, said. “We maintain gardens and container plantings and have a newly refurbished fountain to make the exterior of the facility look attractive. Our visitor information is always
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kept up to date and we have a touchscreen with visitor info, as well. This summer, we’ll have temporary and mini exhibits on the history of photography, home gardening, and the Black Hills Gold Rush. And we always have interesting discovery boxes and activity tables for children and families.” The monument was designed by local artist and musician Monte Amende and constructed by local contractors. The monument was unveiled and officially dedicated in the summer of 2009. Amende wrote the following in a brief article about the monument: Located at latitude 44 degrees 58’N, longitude 103 degrees 46’ W, which is approximately 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, the center of the
nation is actually in the middle of private property. While visitors can visit the flagpole located there, the landowner does not want to develop the property, so the monument is located in Belle Fourche. The monument features an engraved courtyard, picnic area, and the trailhead for the Belle Fourche River Walk, which also sports a 9-hole disc golf course. An avenue of flags rims the monument, featuring all 50 state flags - arranged in the order the states joined the union - as well as the national flags of the United States and Canada. In 2018, approximately 17,339 people visited the monument and museum, which represents a 4 percent increase in visitors over 2017.
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In 2004, the museum opened in its current The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center location at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche. is certainly a must see for anyone visiting or The museum foundation is currently relocating to Belle Fourche. involved in a capital campaign to raise Since 1955, the Tri-State Museum and funds for an addition that would include Visitor Center has collected historical an all-purpose gallery to be used for events materials from the early settlement of the including gallery showings, hands-on tri-state area, including the corners of South education for children, office space, and Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. research center. The objective of the As visitors enter the museum is to tell the stories The museum houses museum, the first display of the early pioneers and a unique collection to greet them is the “Early those who followed them that attracts Cattle Companies.” At one and to preserve that legacy thousands of time Belle Fourche was the for future generations. visitors every year largest shipping point of range The museum houses a seeking to learn more cattle in the world. Many of unique collection that about the history of the cowboys of the area rode attracts thousands of visitors Belle Fourche and the with Seth Bullock’s cowboys every year seeking to learn Tri-State region. to the 1905 inauguration of more about the history of Theodore Roosevelt. Belle Fourche and the triThe Black Hills Roundup and Rodeo, now in state region. its 100th year, plays a large part in the history The non-profit museum opened in 1955 of this area. The Roundup began in 1918 as a after Mrs. Roy Williams, of Hammond, benefit for the Red Cross during World War Mont., donated $1,000 and a western I, bringing $20,000 for the war effort. During collection started by her late husband. the Roundup rodeo, the challenge of riding To accommodate this collection, local Tipperary, the legendary bucking horse, set the businesses and interested parties grouped momentum, and the rodeo became an annual together to create the historical center.
Fourth of July celebration, which continues to this day, attracting overflow crowds from around the world. In the museum, visitors will find the story of the Great Butte County Bank Robbery featuring the Sundance Kid and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. A military section with uniforms and memorabilia from the Civil War through the Vietnam War includes the story of Don Smith, a local hero who was part of the Doolittle Raiders during World War II. Guns, local industry, a pioneer home complete with fashions and furnishings, a mercantile, and the history of the railroad round out the main collections of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. Located next to the museum is the “Buckskin” Johnny Spaulding Cabin. Spaulding was an avid hunter, scout, and guide. The two-story cabin, which originally stood at the lower Redwater River just south of Belle Fourche, was built from hand-hewn logs hauled from the surrounding hills. After building the cabin, Spaulding invited his sister, brother-in-law, and their six children to move to the area. For two years they lived together in his cabin, now equipped with furnishings and artifacts that reveal insights into the modest lifestyles of the era. In 1960, the W.A. Helmer family donated the cabin to the museum, and the Belle Fourche Lions Club provided renovations. In 2006, it was moved to its present location near the banks of the Belle Fourche River and steps away from the Center of the Nation monument. Museum and Visitor Center Director Kristi Thielen said that visitors often say that the Johnny Spaulding Cabin is the highlight of their stop in Belle Fourche. “It has a charm that’s especially unique and the story of Buckskin Johnny and the girl he left behind is a touching one. Tourists — especially those from outside the western states — really respond to it,” Thielen said. All mini-exhibits, temporary exhibits, First Saturday Brunches, Family Fun Days, summer classes, and Tri-State Performer productions for the year have been planned and information about them is available online at www.thetristatemuseum.com. The museum has also expanded its Discovery boxes for families to explore - adding boxes on sunflowers and the Native Americans of South Dakota. For children, the campus continues to offer a dress-up trunk, a western activity table, and have added a kids’ table to each of its temporary exhibits. Programming has expanded to include three museum productions in 2019 by the new Tri-State Performers. For more information, visit the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche or call (605) 723-1200.
reJoice! Penny Pincher souvenir coins Now you can get a collectible penny token during your visit to the western town of Belle Fourche and they’re available exclusively at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 415 5th Ave. For collectors of all ages, penny tokens are a fun and inexpensive way to commemorate your trip to Belle Fourche with three unique designs; the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, TriState Museum and the Center of the Nation Monument. All you do is put in your penny plus two quarters, crank the rollers and watch as your token is made right before your very eyes! They also have passport books available to keep your tokens organized. Elongated tokens have been around since the 1892-93 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Ill. There were four different designs made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in America. They have become quite a specialized collectible with some people focusing on anything from travel themed tokens, Christmas tokens, political tokens or even everything produced by one specific roller. No matter what your level of interest, you’re sure to have fun getting your one-of-a-kind penny token from the Center of the Nation! Belle Fourche, among other machine locations, can be found at www.pennycollector.com.
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BeLLe FourcHe The growing community of Belle Fourche has a diverse downtown scene. More than 50 businesses line the streets that comprise the downtown area. Whether you’re in the mood to shop for clothing, antiques, do your banking or just grab a bite to eat, the proprietors who do business downtown can assist in your needs. A newer community event is Hometown Thursdays, a seven-week long downtown festival including live music, kids activities, vendors and more. Many of the stores are in historic structures – a tribute to Belle Fourche when it was a fledgling community that was built off the back of the livestock industry. Some of those buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. But beyond the heart of the city, Belle Fourche hosts stores that offer agricultural supplies, automotive parts and repairs, laundry services, a 12 lane bowling alley, a nine-hole golf course, dining and more – everything residents and visitors need. No matter what you are shopping for and no matter where you go in Belle Fourche you are guaranteed to find great stores with friendly customer service.
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Downtown Sculptures exhibit rodeo legends of the past Some of the best rodeo performers in the annals of Belle Fourche history have been immortalized in bronze by sculptor Tony Chytka, allowing visitors to downtown Belle Fourche a chance to see the town’s “Lasting Legacies” while simultaneously gazing into the region’s Old West past. Sculptor T.R. “Tony” Chytka is a rural South Dakota native, a rancher, and a former champion bull rider whose art reflects his own life experience. A Chytka bronze is an entirely hand-made piece — from the clay model, to the bronze final castings and patina work — Chytka molds and creates the entire package. Visitors coming from the south on Highway 85 will receive a welcoming site in Chytka’s tall figure of a cowboy “breakin’ his bronc,” located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and National Street. The sculpture is six-feet tall, composed of bronze, and has come to be known as one of the “Lasting Legacies” that embody the heritage of this Western town.
This salutary cowboy embodies the stamina of the original wrangler as he prepares his horse for adventures out on the prairie. The horse, known as Tipperary, is a legend himself. He’s credited with dumping more than 80 riders before famous rodeo rider, actor, and stuntman Yakima Canutt tackled the first successful ride on the bronc in 1920. Canutt rode the horse a second time at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche in 1921. Another figure stands on the corner of State Street and 5th Avenue, where Chytka has sculpted modern-day buffalo trainer and Belle Fourche native Jerry Wayne Olson sitting on his buffalo, Chief. Olson has performed for many years as an equine entertainer at rodeos and western events across the nation. But he’s also known for his time with that buffalo, Chief — and has even been known to ride on the back of the giant animal. He is the third generation of a family of rodeo entertainers, with one of the most amazing trick roping and horse shows in the area.
Walk several blocks down State Street and see a pair of famous brothers. The Garrett brothers are top professional rodeo contestants who hail from the Belle Fourche area. The likeness of Marvin Garrett is found on the northwest side of the corner of State Street and 6th Avenue, while Mark Garrett is on the southeast corner of the same intersection. Marvin was a four-time National Finals World Bareback champion and has been inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Mark was National Finals World Bareback Champion in 1996. Numerous other statues can be found along the River Walk and at the Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center, including The Peace Memorial statue and the Overpeck Family Memorial statue. These sculptures of Belle Fourche’s own legends serve as a nod to the “Lasting Legacies” that comprise so much of this town’s storied past.
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Visitors to Belle Fourche can get out, bask in the weather, and enjoy scenery along the River Walk, a five-mile paved path that highlights the outdoor beauty of the city and the forked rivers that Belle Fourche was named after. A project that began more than 20 years ago, the River Walk has been gradually constructed during the past decade. It features a pedestrian/bike path section, and an adjoining sidewalk and urban street section that intersect, converge, and wind through the city. Sections of the River Walk wind along the banks of both the Redwater River and Hay Creek, and there are several resting points along the River Walk’s way, including benches, water fountains, and restroom facilities. The River Walk is fully signed with large maps posted along the route that point out the various parks and attractions. There is a picnic area near of the Center of the Nation Avenue of Flags, a nine-hole disc golf course just west of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, an ice skating rink adjacent to Weyler Park, and a loop section around Herrmann Park. “We like to think we have some pretty nice parks here,” said Public Works Director Dirk Hoffmann. “We have an excellent parks supervisor. He and his staff do a great job maintaining all of our city parks.” Jones Park receives considerable walking traffic and the basketball and tennis courts, making it a common target for younger crowds in the community. Herrmann Park is best for family gatherings and the like, with its picnic areas, band shelter and open, manicured lawns that sit underneath abundant giant Cottonwood trees. In 2015, the River Walk was extended about 750 feet under U.S. Highway 85 at Hay Creek and stretched to Pine Street. That extension provides a safe crossing of Highway 85 for users of the bike path. In 2018, the Belle Fourche City council budgeted $100,000 for the addition of a splash pad in Jones Park on 11th Avenue to be completed before summer. The state game fish and park department approved a $75,000 grant to help fund the project. The grant application is now in the hands of the federal department for official approval.
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There are nine Parks located throughout the City of Belle Fourche. • Arnold Park - State St. • Eagle Park - Elkhorn St. • Thomas C. Gay Memorial Park North 8th Ave. • Herrmann Park - 8th Ave. • Highland Park - National St. • Jones Park - 11th Ave. • Memorial Park - National St. • Rail Park - State St. • Weyler Park - 7th Ave.
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rocKy PoiNt recreatioN area at Belle
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8 miles E of Belle Fourche off Hwy 212 GPs coordinATes
Lat: 44.709235 Long: -103.71254 AVAilAbiliTy
Open year round. Primitive camping available. Campsites available up to 90 days prior to arrival. hisTory
The 8,000-acre Belle Fourche Reservoir was created in 1911, when Orman Dam was constructed to store water for agricultural use. At the time of its completion, Orman Dam was the largest earthen dam in the world. In 1989, Orman Dam was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
The Belle Fourche Reservoir has an average depth of 25 feet with areas as deep as 60 feet when full. The reservoir is a high density walleye fishery with several other species, such as channel catfish, yellow perch, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass and tigermuskie.
PArK enTrAnce license reQuired yeAr round Daily License: $6 per vehicle Annual: $30 first vehicle, $15 for second cAmPinG & fees $17 $21/electrical site per night Camping cabins $45 per night 62 camp sites. 3 ADA accessible
Anglers fishing for walleye often report high catch rates all year long with a good launching spot at Rocky Point Recreation Area. Fishing license required.
roCky PoinT reCreaTion area fAciliTies
57 Electrical Campsites, 3 Camping Cabins, 5 Group Camping Sites, Comfort Station (Showers and Flush Toilets), Dump Station, 2 Boat Ramps, Fish Cleaning Station, Paved Roads, Picnic Shelters, Playground, Archery Range, Horseshoe Pits, Drinking Water, Game Checkout, Beach Area, Volleyball Area
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conTAcT informATion Rocky Point Recreation Area 18513 Fishermanâ€™s Road Belle Fourche, SD 57717 605-641-0023 RockyPoint@state.sd.us reserVATions (800) 710-CAMP (2267) or www.CampSD.com Up to 90 days prior to arrival Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks gfp.sd.gov, 605-892-4968
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Belle Fourche home to
The thousands of acres of ranchland around Belle Fourche are not only home to ranchersâ€™ cattle and sheep, but it is also home to a diverse crop of wildlife and prime hunting. From whitetails and mule deer to upland game and antelope, hunters have plenty of animals to pursue. Rebounding numbers of antelope are offering hunters more opportunities. Each year, when the West River deer season opens, traditionally in mid November, hunters head to the nearby ranches and walk-in areas in hopes of taking one of the large mulies or whitetails that feed in the alfalfa fields or sagebrush draws. In 2008, the No. 8 ranked mule deer was killed just north of Butte County, and in late 2015, one of the largest deer bagged with a muzzleloader in the state was killed in Harding County. While the majority of hunters chasing deer around Butte County are seeking a large mule deer, the whitetail population is still high and large bucks can be frequently found. While South Dakotaâ€™s central and eastern counties are home to massive pheasant populations, a hearty population of pheasants call Butte County home. The birds can be found in the same type of areas as they would in prime pheasant habitat â€“ near corn, in cattails, in tree rows and in alfalfa fields. Sharptail grouse can also be hunted. Large turkey populations also give hunters a chance at providing the bird for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. At many of the area lakes and stock ponds waterfowl can be abundant. The numbers of birds are not nearly what hunters can find along the Missouri River or in the eastern part of the state, but success can be found especially in creeks that remain open long after the flat water freezes over. Belle Fourche is also home to one of the largest bodies of water in the state, the Belle
Fourche Reservoir. Fishermen use the shores, their boats and the ice to bring home their daily catch of walleye and other fish. When the walleye spawn, the dam becomes alive with fishermen trying to catch the big one. Catfish and bass can also be found in the large body of water that has filled to near capacity in recent years after nearly a decade of drought. Other nearby lakes and ponds in addition to the Redwater River are home to prime fishing.
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NortHerN BLacK HiLLs Like many places, the area now known as Belle Fourche was inhabited long before a name or township was ever established. The name came when France held the claim on the area and French explorers found the meeting point between the Redwater and Hay Creek. Belle Fourche (pronounced Bell Foosh) translates to “beautiful fork,” and many beaver trappers found the area to be profitable in the fur trade, making Belle Fourche a rendezvous point during the 1800s for trappers and traders. After the Black Hills gold rush in 1876 brought treasure seekers of all sorts to the area, the fertile valleys around Belle Fourche provided land for farmers and ranchers to prosper, as they had ample
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customers at the mines in need of food and work animals. The plains throughout the United States, and even those beyond its borders, were filling with cattle, and service areas and towns began to appear to meet the needs of the cattle business. The stage line between Medora, N.D., and Deadwood was established in 1884, and a way station, known as De Mores, which included a stage barn and a saloon, was built on the SB Ranch owned by Sol Star and Seth Bullock. After only a few stage runs; however, the stop proved unprofitable, and the stagecoach no longer took the route that included De Mores. While the saloon remained open, it wasn’t until the railroad
Sol Star and Seth Bullock at the Belle Fourche River
came along that Belle Fourche really made a mark on the map. Everyone in the area knew that the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad, under pressure from the cattle barons, would soon need a freight stop in the area for herds before shipment to packing plants in the Midwest, and though the town of Minnesela, near Belle Fourche and more developed at the time, was the favored choice of location by the railroad, a spectator purchased Minnesela’s right-of-way and demanded a high price for the land the railroad wanted. Seth Bullock, having acquired land along the Belle Fourche River since his arrival in Deadwood in 1876, appraised the situation and decided to offer the railroad free
right-of-way across his land, in addition to offering to build a terminal if the railroad would locate it on his land. His business partner, Sol Star, sent word to the railroad that he would not approve any deal that Bullock promised unless the railroad also built into Deadwood. The railroad officials recognized a deal when they saw one and agreed to the terms, and following the agreement, the railroad terminal was built in 1890 in the place where the present Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange sits. Seth Bullock supposedly requested the town name after the last rail was hammered into place. The town was born, lots were sold, and the first trainload of cattle departed from Belle Fourche in 1890. However, free lots in town were offered to businesses moving from Minnesela, and while there was some bad feeling for the past between the communities, many businesses did move to the thriving town. The early days of Belle Fourche revolved around the cattle business, and known as a “cow town,” Belle Fourche catered to cowboys and cattlemen. The town’s original main street (now Fifth Avenue), nicknamed Saloon Street, quickly filled with businesses, including several saloons, restaurants, clothing and grocery stores, a hotel, and Star and Bullock’s hardware and furniture store. After losing the railroad depot, the community of Minnesela also lost the Butte County seat to Belle Fourche in 1894, after an election where, supposedly, hundreds of voters were “imported” to ensure the desired outcome in Belle Fourche’s favor. Seth Bullock once again intervened on behalf of Belle Fourche, raising $2,000 to build a two-story building for a courthouse once the county seat transferred. After elated jubilation once the vote passed, a few overzealous citizens
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of Belle Fourche rode into Minnesela and stole the county books, though the transfer would not take place until the first of the new year. Growing from a rendezvous point for trappers to the county seat, Belle Fourche was on its way to establishing itself as an important community in the area. Just five years after the first trainload of cattle left its depot, Belle Fourche shipped 2,500 carloads per month in 1895 in the peak season, becoming the world’s largest livestock shipping point. Belle Fourche was no longer a simple stage stop; it was, and still is, an agricultural center for the region. Unfortunately, a fire in 1895 destroyed most of the business district, but within three months, it was almost completely rebuilt. Many buildings were moved from Minnesela; unfortunately, without a railroad, the town slowly diminished and is now considered a ghost town, but many of the buildings in Belle Fourche’s present downtown business district remain from the rebuilding after the fire in 1895. Belle Fourche made headlines again in 1897 when a member of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang,
the Sundance Kid, attempted to rob the Butte County Bank. Belle Fourche is also home to one of the oldest outdoor rodeos, the Black Hills Roundup, which started in 1918. Originally raising funds for the Red Cross during World War I and named the ‘Tri-State Roundup,” the Black Hills Roundup drew 15,000 spectators to Belle Fourche its first year, though the population of the town at that time was under 1,500 and there were no roads and few cars to speak of in the area. The Roundup started on the Fourth of July and raised nearly $20,000 for the war effort. Though the war ended the year after, the popularity of the rodeo made it an annual event that continues each July. Belle Fourche continues to serve as a large trade area for wool, cattle, and bentonite industries which have been instrumental in the growth of the town. Serving as the “Gateway to the Northern Black Hills,” Belle Fourche describes not only the intersection of waterways, but also the intersection of history, commerce, and community which makes a mark on the area and state in a variety of ways.
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community and economic development
toGetHer Community development, building relationships, and nurturing partnerships with new businesses and those who wish to expand are the driving forces behind what the Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC) is accomplishing in 2019. The Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park was completed in September 2013. The addition of over 2,600 feet of track siding for offloading in 2016 expanded the park’s capabilities. A base of rail business has been established and is growing. “Working with our current rail customers and our prospects to further develop rail business and industry for Belle Fourche and the region is a top priority,” said Hollie Stalder, executive director of Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC). “Local and out of area customers utilizing the rail siding will see improved access and further development in 2019.” The economic impact is significant given that this is the only rail siding site of its kind in western South Dakota with a site ready industrial park at its side. With on- and off-loading opportunities available to key customers, transportation savings can be realized immediately. The development of rail facilities of its kind also helps take some of the burden off of the highway and interstate system as one rail car can transfer goods equivalent to three to five semi truckloads. “Belle Fourche is a community with strong leadership and alliances to help make the development process seamless,” Stalder said. “BFDC, the city, the county, the school, and business leaders within, help lead the way and tie it all together. An important component of what
economic development is focused on is aligning with companies to build community.“ Over the past four years, more than 35 businesses either relocated to Belle Fourche or completed an expansion of their existing business. “We are so pleased with the positive growth,” said Stalder. “Here in Belle, we work closely with the school for work force development,” Stalder said. “Now that the Career and Technical Education Center is built, we are amping up ways we can help the students to partner with employers in the region and take up those opportunities.” The Belle Fourche School District broke ground on the 21,000-square-foot property at the corner of Lawrence Street and 13th Avenue to the north of the Belle Fourche High School in the fall of 2017. The grand opening was held in September of 2018. The 100-by-100-foot building serves the local needs for educating high school students in numerous industries including welding, family and consumer science, accounting, hospitality, and agriculture, and includes an area for an expanded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum. The new building, offers high school students who elect to take CTE courses better opportunities to do so, in a more modern facility. Businesses looking at Belle Fourche for relocation will be able to capitalize on a number of items. “We are the center of the nation, and the crossroads that are part of that,” Stalder said. “Highway 85 experiences over 14,000 vehicles a day through the main corridor of town between Highway 34 on the south end and 212 on the north end — making connections in any direction
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very accessible. Our close proximity to Interstate 90 and the Bakken oilfield activity within 100 miles north of us, adds to the appeal.” Stalder said the development corporation’s emphasis on housing initiatives is producing steady results. BFDC formed a partnership with NeighborWorks Dakota Homes Resources in the fall of 2014. This partnership is focused on assisting those working in Belle Fourche to be able to consider home ownership. In the past 4 years, the partnered organizations helped more that 98 community members either move toward home ownership or to reinvest in their homes. The 13 member inaugural Leadership Belle Fourche class, inducted fall 2017, was established by BFDC and the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce and designed to help develop and empower leaders for Belle Fourche. The fruits of those labors produced a second year class really on fire for the community. Eighty percent of the first class are serving in key leadership roles in our community, from city council to economic development and chamber boards as well as other organizations in the community. Several have joined teams who have identified key areas for community development and are working to accomplish them. Stalder said that during the nine-month class, leaders would enhance leadership skills, broaden community awareness, develop an understanding of servant leadership, learn more about diversity, become part of a team, and determine ways they might give back to the community of Belle Fourche. “They just have great energy and good drive for the community,” Stalder said. “Community development is pretty broad,” Stalder said. “And it does encompass a lot so the things that we’re working on, we see as being an important part of how Belle Fourche either goes forward or doesn’t. And I think we’re on the right path.” 2019 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 25
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Belle Fourche owes its start to the In 1890, the railroad had been built west to a point that is now Belle Fourche. On Sept. 16 of that year, the first load of cattle was shipped by railcar to eastern states. Over the next two months nearly 1,300 railcars of cattle were transported to markets. The first rail station in the cowtown was completed in December 1890. The success of the railroad then brought about the platting of Belle Fourche in the spring of 1891 and land parcels were sold starting in June of that year. The railroad made it possible for the region’s agricultural industry to have easy access to a highly efficient means of delivery for its products to market.
In 1892, nearly 4,000 railcars of cattle were being shipped from Belle Fourche. By 1895, that number had soared to 2,500 railcars of cattle per month, making Belle Fourche the largest shipper of cattle in the world. Over the decades the railroad has shipped numerous agricultural commodities from Belle Fourche including wool, grain, flour and numerous other items for the industry. The rails now reach to Colony, Wyo., where the railcars carry bentonite, a mined substance used in a wide variety of products from kitty litter to cosmetics. Today, the railroad in Belle Fourche is seeing a modern boom thanks to the oil
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Butte couNty Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry and in Butte County, it’s a way of life. “It’s handed down from generation to generation around here,” said TJ Swan, formerly with the Butte County Cooperative Extension Service. “If you’ve got the land to do it and the gumption to fight the markets, it’s just what you do.” “South Dakota has always been and will continue to be an agricultural state,” said Bill Evan, with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. He noted that the economic impact of agriculture in South Dakota exceeds $20.9 billion and employs more than 173,000 people, directly and indirectly. According to an agricultural census, there are a total of 659 farms in Butte County, making up a total of approximately 1.2 million acres. Of that, a total amount of 163,375 acres is used for cropland. The largest agriculture operations are mostly cattle production and farming. An average of 60,000 head of cattle are roaming throughout the county in a given year. And, he said, because of the open prairie land, it makes for excellent crop production, which in turn, provides feed for cattle producers. “When the rains are heavy in the spring around here, it can make for a healthy amount of forage for cattle,” Swan said. “Western wheatgrass is one of the best forage for cattle and we certainly have a lot of that around here.” Corn is among the most produced crop in Butte County; alfalfa and soybean production come in right after. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Butte County ranks number one in sheep production, with at least 42,000 head. Statewide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports there are approximately 305,000 head of sheep and approximately 3.7 million head nationwide.
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Belle Fourche Livestock auction a staple for cattle community During the busy months, the Belle Fourche Livestock Auction is bustling with buyers and sellers. People travel from Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and throughout South Dakota to buy and trade cattle. The Belle Fourche Livestock Auction was originally built in 1935, with a rich history and a staple for economic development in Butte County. The stockyards exist because one man had a vision of building a town around a railroad. Though the train system is no longer utilized to transport the cattle, the location of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad was the reason it exists. According to history records, the valley that Belle Fourche lies in was first settled in 1876 after gold was discovered in the Black Hills. Shortly thereafter, Seth Bullock came to
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2019 community events
2 ............ First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
8-9......... Belle Fourche Middle School Play 8-9 7 pm, BFACC Theatre
9 ............ Belle Fourche Market Days 11 .......... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 14 .......... BF Chamber Annual Meeting 5:30 pm, Community Hall
17 .......... Family Fun Day, “Luck of the Irish” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
26 .......... Belle Fourche Middle School Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 30 ........... ...........Belle Fourche High School Prom 31 .......... BF Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Moose Lodge
31 .......... “Holy Rocka Rollaz”
CON Concert Association, 3 pm, BFACC
4 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
9 .............Belle Fourche Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert 7 pm, BFACC 11 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days 12 ...........“Sons of Serendip”
CON Concert Association, 3 pm, BFACC
Thursday, July 11, 18, & 25 Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Roosevelt Events Center
1 ............ Miss BH Roundup Queen Contest 9:30 am, Christian Life Center
1-6......... 100th Annual Black Hills Roundup & PRCA Rodeo
6 ............. .............First Saturday Brunch
13 .......... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC
6 ............. .............Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Banquet
14 ...........Belle Fourche Middle School 6th Grade Band & Choir Concert
2 ............ BH Roundup Cattle Drive
6 ............ ............Purple Pride 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
18 ...........Belle Fourche High School Graduation
2 ............ BH Roundup Community BBQ with Purchased Rodeo Ticket
12 ........... ...........BFHS Spring Musical
19 ...........Family Fun Day, “Fairytales & Folktales”
2 ............ Miss BH Roundup Queen Coronation
13 ........... ...........Community Easter Egg Hunt
21 ...........Belle Fourche Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC
2 ............ BH Roundup 10th Annual Ranch Rodeo
13&14 ...Belle Fourche Chamber Market Days
22 ...........BFACC Track & Field Meet
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
5 pm, Community Hall
9 am, BFACC & Belle Fourche Schools 2 pm, 7pm BFACC Theatre 10 am, Baseball Fields
...........BFHS Spring Musical 13 ........... 2 pm BFACC Theatre
21 .......... Family Fun Day
2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
26-27 ..... .....Tri-State Performers “Who Ate the Paleontologist?”
7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
7 pm, BFACC
10 am, Belle Fourche High School
2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
27 ...........Memorial Day
Full schedule & concert announcements at blackhillsroundup.com 3 pm, Downtown Belle Fourche
5:30 pm, Roundup Grounds
6 pm, Roundup Grounds
7 pm, Roundup Grounds, Concert following the Rodeo
3-7......... NorthStar Amusement Carnival Downtown Belle Fourche
3, 5, 6 ... PRCA Rodeo
7 pm, Roundup Grounds,
Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, & 27: Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Roosevelt Events Center
3&5 ....... Fireworks Dusk
4 ............ Street Dance
7 pm – 1am, Downtown
1 .............First Saturday Brunch
4 ............ Fourth of July Parade
8 ............ Belle Fourche Market Days
4 ............ PRCA Rodeo
12-16 .... South Dakota High School State Finals Rodeo
13 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
13 ...........River Run on the River Walk
10:30 am, Through Belle Fourche 3 pm, Roundup Grounds
21 .......... Family Fun Day, “Go Fly a Kite” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
15 ...........32nd Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally Herrmann Park
16 ...........Family Fun Day, “Pannin’ for Gold” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
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Schedule subject to change. Check www.bellefourchechamber.org for additional events. More events dates on pages 7, 15, 32, 33, & 36
noVemBer 2 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
TBd ........Belle Fourche High School Fall Play TBd ........Veterans Day Program Belle Fourche Middle School
9 ............ Belle Fourche Market Days 17 .......... Family Fun Day, “Farmers & Food” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
29 ...........Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights Downtown Belle Fourche
29 ...........CON Business Association Light Up the Night & Fireworks Downtown Belle Fourche
29-30 .....Belle Fourche Chamber Shop Small Belle Fourche Downtown
deCemBer augusT Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Roosevelt Events Center
7/30-8/3..Butte-Lawrence County Fair Nisland Fairgrounds
2-11 .......79th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally™ 3 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
10 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days 16 .......... School Resumes – Grades K-12 18 .......... Family Fun Day, “A Day for Dogs” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
sePTemBer Thursday, september 5, 12, 19, & 26 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Roosevelt Events Center Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events
7 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
14 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days 15 .......... Family Fun Day, “Boxes & Bags” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
20-22 .....Belle Fourche PleinAir Paint Out Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
27 .......... Belle Fourche Homecoming
oCToBer Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events
6-7..........Belle Fourche Community Theatre Christmas Show 7 pm, BFACC 7 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
8 .............Belle Fourche Community Theatre Christmas Show 2:30 pm, BFACC 13-14 .....Tri-State Performers: “The Christmas Plate ”
7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
14 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days TBd ....... Festival of Trees
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15 ...........Family Fun Day, “Christmas Crafts” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
January 2020 4 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
5 .............First Saturday Brunch
12 ...........7th Annual Resolution Run
12 ...........Annual Autumn Tea
19 ...........Family Fun Day
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center 1 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
12 .......... Belle Fourche Market Days 13 .......... 7th Annual Fearless 5k 20 .......... Family Fun Day, “A World of Masks” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center BFACC
25-27 .....Purple Pride Haunted House TBD
2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
feBruary 2020 1 .............First Saturday Brunch
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
15 ...........7th Annual Wellness Fair BFACC
16 ...........Family Fun Day
2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
26 ...........Tri-State Performers: “Misunderstood Monsters” Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center, During Pumpkinfest
31 ...........CON Business Association Halloween Parade Downtown Belle Fourche
31 ...........19th Annual Halloween Spooktacular BFACC
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hometown Belle Fourche community thursdays 7 weeks Thursdays, June 6 - July 25
This event is fun for the whole family with a hometown feel, so make sure to head downtown at 6 p.m. on Thursdays to check out the newest addition to the Belle Fourche entertainment scene. “Hometown Thursdays” is held in downtown Belle Fourche, near State Street, every Thursday from June 6 to July 25. Hometown Thursdays is a community gathering that includes food, vendors, children’s activities, and much more. Hometown Thursdays also offers a new band every week. Many of the live musical acts are comprised of local talent, and span multiple genres — anywhere from rock to country music. All musical entertainment is family friendly. A schedule of bands follows subject to change June 6 �������������������������� October Road June 13 ������������������������� Dustin Evans June 20 ����������������������������� Judd Hoos June 27 ���������������������������������Sondogs July 11 ������������������������� Common Law July 18 ������������������������ Brandon Jones July 25............. Church of Cash Music
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fosters music, art Visitors and residents alike will find that the arts abound in the picturesque community of Belle Fourche. Whether it’s spending a July evening in the park listening to area musicians, touring the local art galleries, or attending a community theatre production, there is plenty of arts-related entertainment throughout the year in Belle Fourche.
Photo Courtesy Hometown THursdays
Center of the Nation Concert Association September-May
In the early 1990s a group of citizens saw an opportunity to expand the culture and bring entertainment to Belle Fourche. Together, they formed the Center of the Nation Concert Association.
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Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center theatre troupe
tri-state performers Audiences for the series come from all across the Tri-State region. The performances, which are appropriate for all ages, are all held at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center Theater, which is located at 1111 National St. For more details on the organization and concert schedule, visit www.centerofthenationconcerts.org.
year — from rock to classical to bluegrass — and all shows are appropriate for children. Bring a lawn chair, your family, and something to drink because this is the best place to be when the sun starts to set after a hot summer day in Belle Fourche. Sponsored by the Belle Fourche Arts Council, this is just one of several activities held during the summertime.
Belle Fourche Community Theatre 2019 Season
The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band
The overall mission of the community theatre organization is to entertain and inspire the audience and participants alike. A group of hardworking volunteers, all with a diverse range of expertise and creative backgrounds, have been setting the stage for this program since May 2010. After several successful events, the program has developed into a vibrant and productive community organization. The group will host its Christmas show at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. For information on upcoming shows and events, visit the Belle Fourche Community Theater Facebook page.
Belle Fourche Arts Council Summer Concert Series in the Park July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
During the summer there are free concerts at the band shell in Herrmann Park. All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting. The performance schedule varies year to
The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band is the oldest, most established local band in the area. It was officially organized in 1931, but its rich history stretches all the way back to the turn of the century. Today, the Belle Fourche Cowboy Band can be seen performing at nearly every single community event throughout the year and is a staple in all of the parades in Belle Fourche. One of their most well known performances occurs during the Black Hills Roundup and Rodeo, held every Fourth of July. They are also a common sight at the Butte-Lawrence County Fair held every August in Nisland, and remain a presence at other local events. Dressed in bright red shirts and white cowboy hats, the band’s familiar tunes are the backdrop of presentations all over town that families have enjoyed coming to for decades. The band is made up of a variety of different musicians who come from a variety of backgrounds, and added a brass quintet this past year. For more information on the band, all of their upcoming events, their history and their photo album, visit www. bfcowboyband.com.
In 2017, the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center introduced the Tri-State Performers – a theater troupe for area students interested in museum theater. The group is slated to perform several productions each year at the Tri-State complex off of Highway 85 in Belle Fourche. Museum theater consists of productions that take place within a museum and specifically relates to the museum’s collections or mission, or to the history, science, and culture of the surrounding area. Productions are not reliant upon lavish costumes, props, or set pieces, and are best performed in intimate settings where actors and audiences are close together. “Museum theater is a concept that sprang up only in the last decade or so,” Kristi Thielen, the museum’s director who will lead the troupe, said. “The name is something of a misnomer as it is performed not just in museums, but in science centers, planetariums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens around the country.” In 2019, the troupe is slated to perform “Who Ate the Paleontologist?” on April 26-27; “Misunderstood Monsters” Oct. 26 during Pumpkinfest; and “The Christmas Plate” Dec. 13-14. For more information about the Tri-State Performers, call the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at (605) 723-1200, or check out the troupe’s Facebook page.
Tri-State Performers 2019 Performance Schedule
“Who Ate the Paleontologist?” 7 p.m. | Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27
“Misunderstood Monsters” During Pumpkinfest | Saturday, Oct. 26
“The Christmas Plate”
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Belle Fourche: South Dakota’s rodeo home
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val, two nights of fireworks, and Belle Fourche has made a name four PRCA rodeo performances. for itself as a rodeo town. Much The cattle drive will include of that is due to the popularabout 200 head of longhorns ity of the historic Black Hills and begin about 30 miles west Roundup, an annual Professionof Belle Fourche. Some of those al Rodeo Cowboys Association cattle will be used for that rodeo that’s been held here since night’s ranch rodeo. 1918. “We’re trying to go back to And this year it celebrates the old days somewhat but still a huge milestone – it’s 100th keep a modern roanniversary. deo,” Crago said in “Very few PRCA Annual PRCA describing prepararodeos can say that,” event among tion for the 100th. Black Hills Roundup many on rodeo He added events committee chairman calendar. for this year could Clay Crago said in include chuckdescribing a centenniwagon races, Native American al celebration. “To carry on the tepees, and a free Fourth of July rodeo and the cowboy tradition street dance. for 100 years is just phenomeThe “Chutes for Charity” event nal.” will take place on July 5, with Honors piled in for the Round“Military Appreciation Day” set up in 2018. for July 4. It was named the PRCA MediWhile the rodeo itself is um Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. certainly the big draw, there’s Its committee earned inducenough going on at the Black tion into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Hills Roundup to please almost Fame. The facility was named anyone. There are carnival rides, WPRA Badlands Circuit Ground art shows, concerts and much of the Year. more. Events for this year will The Black Hills Roundup’s fireinclude a cattle drive, mutton works display is among the best bustin’, ranch rodeo, concerts, in South Dakota, and the Indesteer roping, a downtown carni-
M ISS IT! Rodeo
Action in Belle Fourche Black Hills Pioneer File Photos
pendence Day parade is one of the largest in the state. This year’s fireworks show will take place on two nights, following the PRCA Rodeo Performances of July 3 and 5. A Miss Black Hills Roundup Queen pageant is set for July 1, with coronation to take place July 2. While the Black Hills Roundup is the biggest rodeo in Belle Fourche, it does not stand alone. Belle Fourche is home to many other rodeos as well. The Belle Jackpot Association rodeos take place this year on several Wednesdays in May through August. This rodeo features roping, goat tying, barrel racing, and pole bending events for contestants of all ages. Check Facebook. com/Belle Jackpot for more information. The Get the Green Slot and 4D Barrel Races offer three days of barrel racing. Dates are Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. Action takes place at the Black Hills Roundup Grounds. Call Lorita Crofford at 645-7592 for more details. The Butte County 4-H Rodeo also calls Belle Fourche home. This rodeo is open to South Dakota 4-H members aged 8 to 18 and features barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, team roping, ribbon roping, calf riding, senior and junior bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and a pageant called “The Ambassador Contest.” This 4-H rodeo begins with the Ambassador Contest, which then gives way to the main rodeo events. The Butte County
4-H Rodeo is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 14. For more information on the Butte County 4-H Rodeo contact the Butte County Extension Office at (605) 892-3371. Belle Fourche also plays host to the South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals. More than 1,500 cowboys and cowgirls gather in Belle Fourche each June for the state championship, competing in bareback riding, team roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, break away roping, goat tying, reined cow horse, steer wrestling, and pole bending. The 2019 South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals take will take place from June 11-16. Winners will proceed to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo., from July 14-20.
Golliher Arena Spring Series
March 3, 23; April 6, 27, 28 Finals: May 5
19516 US Hwy. 85, Belle Fourche For more information and the upcoming fall schedule, go to www.zproductions.biz or Golliher Arena on Facebook
Belle Jackpot Association Rodeo
May 29; June 5, 19; July 24, 31 Rain Dates: August 7, 14
For more information, go to their Facebook page
SD High School Rodeo Finals June 11-16
100th Annual Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo July 2-6
For more information and tickets, contact the Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center at 605-723-2010 or go to www.blackhillsroundup.com
Butte County 4-H Rodeo July 14
For more information, contact Butte County Extension at 605-892-3371
Get the Green Slot & 4D Barrel Race Aug. 24, 25
For more information, contact Lorita Crofford at 605-645-7592 All rodeos are at the Roundup Grounds unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
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The 32nd annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally is set for June 15 in Belle Fourche. The event will feature cars from more than a dozen different categories and over 60 years of auto history. Sam Silacci returns to the driver’s seat as president of the All Car Rally this year. Silacci has been attending the All Car Rally since he first moved to the Hills from Sonoma County, Calif., 20some years ago. “As a car enthusiast myself I want to keep this tradition going and hopefully bring the younger generation out and get them involved as well,” Silacci said. During the main show ‘n shine event held at Herrmann Park on Saturday, food vendors and games will be available to the public, but the cars — and their owners — are the stars of the show, of course. First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded to show winners in each class, as well as an overall Best of Show trophy and a Longest Distance Traveled trophy. Classes in the Rally include: Pre-1954; 1955-1957;
1958-1963; 1964-1966; 1967-1969; 1970-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-2004; 2005-Current; Pre-1980 Trucks, Vans, SUVs, and OffRoad; 1981-Current Trucks, Vans, SUVs, and Off-Road; Street Rods; Tuner/Import/ Low Rider; Rat Rod/Work in Progress; and Motorcycles. All classes will include both stock and custom vehicles. Silacci said one of his favorite things about the All Car Rally has always been the small town feel of the show. “We’re looking at really expanding to the younger crowd; the tuner and import market is huge. We’re hoping to get more of those people involved in the show and drawing more attention to their stuff,” Silacci said. “Those are the up and coming muscle cars. We’re trying to broaden our horizons.” Registration for the rally runs from 8-10 a.m. on June 15. Pre-registration before June 1st costs $20, and registration after or on the day of the show is $25. For more information on the All Car Rally, go to its Facebook page or call Silacci at (605) 210-2013 and leave a message.
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BUTTE-LAWRENCE coun t y fa i r The sounds of “mews,” “baas,” and “moos,” can be heard each August in Nisland as the annual Butte-Lawrence County Fair commences. The fair, held yearly at the historic fairgrounds in Nisland, dates back to the early 1920s. At a meeting held in Nisland on April 5, 1920, a county agriculture fair was proposed. In September of 1920, Butte County purchased 40 acres of land on the Belle Fourche River from Albert M. Willard and Roy F. McNeil, to use as the Butte County Fairgrounds. County commissioners appropriated $7,500 for improvements of the fairgrounds in preparation to hold the fair in 1921. In August of 1921, Earl Wilson was given a contract for constructing buildings, moved onto the fairgrounds, and started pouring concrete foundations for buildings. Thus, the Butte County Fair was born; the first official fair was held in Nisland on Sept. 27-29, 1921. The 50th Butte County Fair was held in 1977, but the Golden Jubilee was not celebrated until 1978. Lawrence County joined forces with Butte County in 1979.
The first annual Butte-Lawrence County Fair was held in 1980. Today, almost 40 years later, the agricultural fair is still a major draw for thousands of local residents and visitors alike. Youth members of 4-H spend the whole year preparing their agricultural exhibits and livestock. Numerous animals file in, including beef, sheep, swine, rabbits, goats, bunnies, and chickens for competitive judging. Several buildings on the grounds house 4-H exhibits and the livestock. The Nisland Fairgrounds lie along the Belle Fourche River, and include the historic grandstand, which is no longer in use, and the groundskeeper’s house. The Pavilion, built in 1921, is the site of Open Class Exhibits including flowers, quilts, canned goods, and photography. There’s something for everyone at the fair held this year July 30 through Aug. 3. Visitors can watch contestants pit their manpower against a machine in the tractor pull, or they can catch the Youth Rodeo, with family-friendly events like barrel racing, goat tail untying,
Black Hills Pioneer File Photo
dummy roping, pole bending, and breakaway roping. Live musical guests and the Belle Fourche Cowboy Band provide entertainment throughout the fair, and a community barbecue is held every year, as well. Other events at the fair include the Beef Showmanship, small animal, and pet judging, sheep dog trials, livestock sale, and dance. The fair has many activities for the little ones, including the “Catch a Sheep” contest, “Bum Lamb Dress-Up” contest, “Dress a Rabbit” contest, and “Bucket Calf Show,” along with a talent show, baby contest, and fashion review. For out of town visitors looking to camp overnight at the fairgrounds, board members request people call and secure a camping permit prior to the event. To obtain a pass, call the fairgrounds office at (605) 257-2370. There are parking spaces with electricity and tent sites available. For more information, call the fair board office at (605) 257-2370 or visit http://butte. sdcounties.org/county-fair
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COMMUNITY demographics & resources Source: http://census.gov/quickfacts
Belle fourChe (pronounced Bell Foosh)
Get to Know us
City of belle Fourche, 605-892-2494 refuse Solutions, Inc., 605-723-7723 naTural gas Co. montana-Dakota utilities Co., 800-mDu-FaSt
CounTy seaT of BuTTe CounTy
Belle fourChe sChool disTriCT 9-1 605-723-3355 1 High School (9-12) 1 middle School (5-8) 2 elementary Schools (pK-4)
eleVaTion: 3,022 feeT
VasT BroadBand, 888-722-2000
mounTain Time Zone
regional healTh mediCal CliniC 2200 13th ave., 605-723-8970
ZiP Code: 57717
regional healTh rehaBiliTaTion 2200 13th ave., 605-723-8961
dish neTwork - Belle fourChe Prime enTerTainmenT CommuniCaTions, 605-892-4565
inCorPoraTed on aPril 20, 1903
ClimaTe: annual precip: 18.0 in./yr average low temp: 33.1° F average High temp: 62.0° F
rolling hills healThCare 2200 13th ave., 605-892-3331
PoPulaTion: 5,696 (2015) median age: 37.2 years median Income: $41,356 Cost of living Index: 80 demograPhiCs:
caBLe/coMMuNicatioNs midConTinenT CommuniCaTions, 800-888-1300
FiNaNciaL iNstitutioNs 3 Banks 2 CrediT unions
BuTTe CounTy healTh nurse 2398 5th ave., Ste. 102, 605-892-2523
Belle fourChe senior CiTiZens CenTer 828 Kingsbury St., 605-892-6285
CiTy mayor, 8-member City Council
Belle esTaTes senior liVing 10905 Sourdough rd., 605-723-3000
CounTy 5 Commissioners
sereniTy Valley elder Care 1451 Stanley St., 605-723-3057
Belle fourChe PoliCe deParTmenT marlyn pomrenke, police Chief 1010 8th ave., 605-892-4240 9 Ofﬁcers Fred lamphere, County Sheriff 605-892-3324 4 Deputies
utiLities eleCTriCiTy black Hills energy, 800-890-5554 butte electric Co-op, 800-928-8839 South Dakota ONe Call Call before you dig! 811 In State, 800-781-7474 Out of State
Belle fourChe VolunTeer amBulanCe 605 6th ave., 605-892-2254 Belle fourChe VolunTeer fire deParTmenT 605 National St., 605-892-6237
waTer & saniTaTion PiCk uP
housing: 2,511 uniTs median Value Owner Occupied: $117,800
resource directory ciTy of belle fourche airPorT
10970 airport rd.................605-892-6345
830 6th .................................605-892-2737
511 6th .................................605-892-3006 Fax ........................................605-723-0897
511 6th .................................605-892-2494 Fax ........................................605-892-2784
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landfill Scale House, 183 N. 8th ............................605-892-3530 baler building......................605-723-0485
516 Faulk .............................605-892-3414 Fax ........................................605-723-0145
511 6th .................................605-892-2674 after Hours..........................605-892-2737
905 5th ave .........................605-892-4407
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us GoVernmenT offices
butte Conservation .............605-892-3368 bureau of land management .............605-892-7000 FSa ag Credit team ............605-892-3367 South Dakota ONe Call ......800-781-7474 South Dakota licensing......800-952-3696 Drivers License Renewals every Tuesday at the Community Hall .......605-892-2008 Dept. of Natural resources .....800-Get-DeNr
buTTe counTy offices
auditor ................................605-892-4485 Dir. of equalization .............605-892-3950
emergency management ...605-723-0900 extension Ofﬁce ..................605-892-3371 Highway Ofﬁce ...................605-892-4414 Highway Shop .....................605-892-3180 register of Deeds ................605-892-2912 States attorney ...................605-892-3337 treasurer ..............................605-892-4456 Veterans Services Ofﬁce .....605-892-4205
Clerk of Courts ....................605-892-2516 Highway Shop .....................605-892-2610 Dept. of transportation Ofﬁce ...................................605-892-2872
community facilities PuBliC liBrary 905 5th ave., 605-892-4407 PosT offiCe 804 State St., 605-892-2815 senior CiTiZen’s CenTer 828 Kingsbury St., 605-892-6285 Tri-sTaTe museum 415 5th ave., 605-723-1200 CommuniTy hall 512 6th ave., 605-892-2676 diCk Bowman memorial hall Herrmann park landfill monday-Friday, 7am-4pm Saturday, 8am-4pm (summer) 9am-2pm (winter) rV dumP sTaTion In between tri-State museum and City Hall CemeTery offiCe 605-892-3735 Pine Slope Cemetery - Hwy. 34 St. Paul’s Cemetery - Hwy. 34 Riverside Cemetery - mona rd. off e. National St.
Belle fourChe minisTerial assoCiaTion ComPassion CuPBoard 522 5th ave., 605-892-3402 tuesday, 9am-Noon, thursday, 2pm-6pm
9 City parks roundup rodeo arena 2 tennis Courts Softball/baseball Fields Soccer Complex public Ice Skating rink Skate park bike path Disc Golf Herrmann park band Shell amphitheater
Belle fourChe area CommuniTy CenTer 1111 National St., 605-892-2467 Swimming pool, Walking track, Weight room, Wading pool, 2 Water Slides, 2 basketball Courts, racquetball Courts, Cardio Workout room, Conference room, Gymnasium, theatre To reserve a room at the BFACC, BFACC Pool, Community Hall, or Dick Bowman Memorial Hall, call 605-892-2467, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday
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organizations & public offices aau wresTling aauwrestling.net facebook.com/bellefourcheaauwrestlingclub ameriCan legion - PosT 32 mike reade’, 605-892-5599 ameriCan legion auXiliary Nancy Wallin, 605-641-7043 arTemis house/ViCTims of ViolenCe inTerVenTion 605-642-7825 Spearﬁsh, SD Badlands early head sTarT 605-723-8837, badlandshs.org Belle fourChe arTs CounCil louise reade’, 605-892-5600 Belle fourChe Cardinals youTh fooTBall firstname.lastname@example.org Belle fourChe CowBoy Band tim Speidel, 605-892-2930 bfcowboyband.com Belle fourChe girls sofTBall assoCiaTion email@example.com Belle fourChe lion’s CluB rick Walton, 605-645-2636 bellefourchelions.org Belle fourChe minisTerial assoCiaTion/ComPassion CuPBoard Del Neumeister, 605-892-3402 Or contact any local church pastor Belle fourChe norThern lighTs lions CluB Joyce Drabek, 605-892-4082
Belle fourChe soCCer assoCiaTion bellefourchesoccer.com
deParTmenT of soCial serViCes 605-892-2731
Belle fourChe youTh BaseBall 605-641-4168 firstname.lastname@example.org
fire & iron moTorCyCle CluB, sTaTion 118 rik bartels, 605-645-9242
Belle fourChe BuCkles & Bows sQuare danCe CluB 605-642-7462 blackhillsdosido.org
girl sCouTs - dakoTa horiZons 800-666-2141 gsdakotahorizons.org
BlaCk hills area CommuniTy foundaTion 605-718-0112 bhacf.com
Boy sCouTs - TrooP 252 alan Schreier, 605-892-2051 scouting.org BuTTe/lawrenCe CounTy 4-h betsy burtzlaff, 605-892-3371 BuTTe CounTy hisToriCal soCieTy eleanor marousek, 605-892-2507
loyal order of moose 605-892-3121 naJa shriners 605-342-3402 4091 Sturgis rd., rapid City najashriners.com mounT rushmore area assoCiaTion of realTors brandy purcell, 605-722-0181 mountrushmoremls.com
BuTTe lawrenCe CounTy fair Board 605-892-3371
norThern hills area uniTed way 605-343-5872 unitedwayblackhills.org
CenTer of The naTion all Car rally Sam Silacci, 605-210-2013
ParenTs who Care Kelly Keegan, 605-892-2246
CenTer of The naTion Business assoCiaTion Stacey raisanen, 605-892-0900
souTh dakoTa high sChool rodeo sdhsra.com
CenTer of The naTion ConCerT assoCiaTion larry Klipp, 605-892-2505 buy tickets online at con-concerts.blogspot.com
souTh dakoTa reTailers assoCiaTion 800-658-5545 320 e. Capitol, pierre, SD 57501 sdra.org
CenTer of The naTion sPorTsman’s CluB rick Walton, 605-645-2636 email@example.com facebook.com/consportsmansclub
Tri-sTaTe museum foundaTion 605-723-1200
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Pull the wool over your eyes
Can you spot all six differences between these two scenes?
2. Famous bucking horse ridden by only 1 man (1 word) 7. (Answer to 1 down) is held during what holiday (3 words) 8. Located next to the museum is the “(1 word)” Johnny Spaulding Cabin 9. Belle Fourche was a rendezvous point during the 1800s for (1 word) 10. Belle Fourche is French for (2 words)
1. Oldest outdoor rodeo originally started to raise funds during World War I (3 words) 3. Surrounding the monument (4 down) is the (3 words) 4. A granite 21-by-40 foot compass rose marks this monument (4 words) 5. Belle Fourche Reservoir is home to what popular fish (1 word) 6. A member of what famous gang attempted to rob the Butte County Bank (4 words) ANSWERS: 1. Black Hills Roundup 2. Tipperary 3. Avenue of Flags 4. Center of the Nation 5. Walleye 6. Hole in the Wall 7. Fourth of July 8. Buckskin 9. Trappers 10. Beautiful Fork
GAME ANSWERS: 1. Poster is smaller. 2. Blindfold is different. 3. Arm is moved. 4. Tail is missing. 5. Bell is lower. 6. Handle is missing.
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Belle Fourche Area Community Center offers year-round activities opportunities even during the depths of winter. The Belle Fourche Area Community Center We offer room rentals for birthday parties and will celebrate its 27th year in 2019. The Center other purposes as well. opened its doors in February “We really do offer As the Belle Fourche of 1992, offering a place and something for everyone community changes, the programs for area residents to stay and would love for you BFACC adapts to meet the active year-round. to experience the fun.” ever developing needs. The The center is home to a 25-meter ~ Michelle purpose remains the same, swimming pool, wading pool, Deyo-Amende but the way it is fulfilled is two waterslides, racquetball Director, Belle Fourche Area constantly being scrutinized courts, gymnasium, walking track, Community Center and expanded. theatre and more; all indoors to provide quality entertainment and athletic
Take a walk on the track, a swim in the pool, a jaunt on the elliptical or lift a few weights in our weight room.
Programs offered: • 500 Mile Club • Volleyball Leagues • Basketball Leagues • Group Fitness & Water Fitness Classes • SilverSneakers® Yoga, Classic, & Circuit • Strength Training Classes • Personal Exercise Programs • Yoga • Zumba® and More!
• Basketball • Swimming Lessons • Little Dribblers • Youth Volleyball Camp • Fast Track to Sports • Youth Strength & Cardio • Kids Fitness: Circuit, BOSU®, Yoga, & More • Teen Nights
Monday-Thursday 5am–9pm Friday 5am–8pm Saturday 8am–6pm Sunday 1–8pm
Monday-Friday 5:30–10am; 2–7:30pm Saturday 8am–5:30pm Sunday 1pm–7:30pm Memberships or daily passes available. Photo Courtesy Belle Fourche Area Community Center
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BeLLe FourcHe scHooL District Belle fourChe CenTral offiCe
2305 13th Ave., Belle Fourche 605-723-3355
norTh Park elemenTary sChool Kindergarten 29 North 6th Ave., Belle Fourche 605-723-3379 Julie Hatling, Principal Julie.Hatling@k12.sd.us Beginning & dismissal:
8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
souTh Park elemenTary sChool Elementary Grades 1-4 1816 Valley Dr., Belle Fourche 605-723-3382 Julie Hatling, Principal Julie.Hatling@k12.sd.us Beginning & dismissal:
8:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Belle fourChe middle sChool
Grades 5-8 1302 Ziebach St., Belle Fourche 605-723-3367 Kevin Smidt, Principal Kevin.Smidt@k12.sd.us Beginning & dismissal:
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Mailing address: 2305 13th Ave., Belle Fourche, SD 57717
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(AlTerNATIVe School) 2315 Dakota Ave., Belle Fourche 605-723-0955 Mathew Raba, Principal Mathew.Raba@k12.sd.us
7:55 a.m. - 3:43 p.m.
Belle fourChe high sChool Grades 9-12 1301 12th Ave., Belle Fourche 605-723-3350 Mathew Raba, Principal Mathew.Raba@k12.sd.us Beginning & dismissal:
7:50 a.m. - 3:37 p.m. 7 Class Periods
EXPERT, ON-SITE TIRE SERVICE Trusted Name Brands. Trusted Service. Complete Tire & Alignment Service Computer Wheel Balancing ATV & Farm Tire Service Interstate Batteries
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Band/Pep Band Basketball Cheerleading Choir Cross Country Dance Fall Musical Football Golf
One-Act Play Oral Interpretation Soccer Spring Play Track Volleyball Wrestling
Calendar includes both four and five-day school weeks. The calendar currently averages one five-day school week per month, with more five-day weeks in the first semester.
MISSION STATEMENT We, the members of the Belle Fourche community, are committed to building a learning community and ensuring all learners equal opportunity for an excellent education program that results in learners who are responsible and accountable, who value lifelong learning and know how to learn; and who are capable of succeeding in a changing society.
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ONE-STOP SHOP! – Collision Repair Specialists • Deer • Accident • Hail
– Glass Replacement and Repair – Loaner Cars Available
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8TH AVENUE BAKERY
704 8th Ave.
AMERICAN WEST BAR & GRILL
1807 5th Ave.
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BELLE INN RESTAURANT
2511 5th Ave.
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610 5th Ave.
BRANDING IRON STEAKHOUSE & SOCIAL CLUB
19079 US Hwy. 85
CBH DELI & CHAMP’S CHICKEN
18765 US Hwy. 85
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16 North 5th Ave.
DQ GRILL & CHILL
208 Pine St.
GRAP’S BURGERS AND BREWS
512 National St.
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2504 5th Ave.
11301 Hwy. 212
THE MULLIGAN BAR & GRILL at Belle Fourche Country Club
10941 South Hwy. 85
NEW CHINA GARDEN
614 5th Ave.
PATTY’S PLACE CAFE & COFFEE
1405 5th Ave.
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PAPA JOHN’S in the Big D Truck Stop
2406 5th Ave.
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1819 5th Ave.
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1853 5th Ave.
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STADIUM SPORTS GRILL
818 5th Ave.
1400 Mill St.
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SUBWAY in the CBH Travel Center
Hwy. 212 & Hwy. 85
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1401 Mill St.
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THE GREEN BEAN COFFEEHOUSE
710 State St.
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! e h c r u o F e l l e B Riverside Campground features shaded full hookups (50 & 30 amp) at great rates. The property is close to the river bank, bike path, and within walking distance of downtown. Call & reserve your spot today!
418 9th Ave Belle Fourche, SD 57717 (605) 641-8005
Open year round
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BELLE FOURCHE hotels ACE MOTEL acemotelinbelle.com
109 6th Ave.
AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES americinn.com
2312 Dakota Ave.
CROW CREEK GUEST RANCH crowcreekguestranch.com
17816 Prairie Winds Ln.
1815 5th Ave.
518 National St.
922 Harding St.
SUNSET MOTEL & RV PARK sunsetmotelofbelle.com
19022 US Hwy. 85
SUPER 8 MOTEL super8.com
501 National St.
BELLE FOURCHE campgrounds BESLER’S CADILLAC RANCH
19314 Helmer Rd., St. Onge
418 9th Ave.
ROCKY POINT RECREATION
Hwy. 212 to Fisherman’s Rd.
SCOOT INN scootinn.com
3 Miles W US Hwy. 34
SUNSET MOTEL & RV PARK sunsetmotelofbelle.com
19022 US Hwy. 85
WYATT’S HIDEAWAY CAMPGROUND
11144 SD Hwy. 34
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Belle Fourche churches Berean Bible Church
1407 5th Ave.
Black Hills Gospel Assembly
1/2 mile east on Hwy. 34
Christian Life Center
2020 Vista St.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1105 Todd St.
613 6th Ave.
Emmanuel Baptist Church
902 Lawrence St.
First Baptist Church
807 8th Ave.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
717 Jackson St.
23 5th Ave.
Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
2.2 miles east on Hwy. 34
North Point Christian Church
10959 Kellem Ln.
Northern Hills Church of Christ
5 miles S. Hwy. 85
St. James Episcopal Church
10945 Summer Creek Ln.
St. James Lutheran
1100 Stanley St.
St. Paulâ€™s Catholic Church
834 6th Ave.
Summit Open Bible Fellowship
1846 8th Ave.
United Methodist Church
1804 7th Ave.
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to St. Onge, SD
Belle Fourche SOUTH DAKOTA
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to Buffalo, SD
to Rocky Point Recreation Area
Black Hills Attractions
Spearfish Canyon.........................15 Devils Tower.................................72 Mt. Rushmore...............................83 Crazy Horse................................117 Custer State Park........................112 Black Hills National Forest..........20
Spearfish, SD................................14 Deadwood, SD..............................28 Rapid City, SD..............................61 Sioux Falls, SD...........................405 Gillette, WY................................103 Sheridan, WY.............................205 Dickinson, ND...........................194 Bismarck, ND.............................293 Billings, MT................................263 Denver, CO.................................405
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! s n i g e B e h c r u o Belleri-FState Museum at the T r e t n e C r o & Visit
Belle Fourche is one of the greatest "old west" towns ever. Learn how it all began with a visit to theTri-State Museum and Visitor Center.
Step into the 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin or visit our museum with exhibits on cowboys, ranch life, rodeo and pioneers, as well as changing mini and temporary exhibits on a variety of topics.
Kids will love our western dress-up trunk, hands-on discovery boxes and western activity table.
There's more outside! Picnic on our back deck, stroll the river walk, play a round of disc golf and cap off your visit with a photo at our fabulous Center of the Nation Monument.
Before you leave, pick up all the travel information and state maps you need for the road ahead.
Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
! Free Admissioeanr. ey Every day of th
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Memorial Day - Labor Day: Monday-Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 1-4 Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4
Call for more information 605-723-2010 our website! www.thetristatemuseum.com
The 2019-2020 destination guide to Belle Fourche.