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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. 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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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.

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Made from South Dakota granite, the 21-by-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 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 2017, approximately 16,691 people visited the monument and museum, which is up 1,885 people over 2016.

To drive to the actual geographic center of the nation (50 States): • From the intersection of Hwy. 85 and 212, drive 13 miles north on Hwy. 85. • Turn left onto Old Hwy. 85 and drive 7.8 miles until you see a barn on your left hand side. • On the right side of the road you will see a US flag flying freely in the pasture. At this location you will see the survey marker in the ground highlighting the “Center of the Nation.”

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historical center. The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center In 2004, the museum opened in its current is certainly a must see for anyone visiting or location at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche. relocating to Belle Fourche. The museum foundation is currently involved Since 1955, the Tri-State Museum and Visitor in a capital campaign to raise funds for an Center has collected historical materials addition that would include an all-purpose from the early settlement of the tri-state gallery to be used for events including gallery area, including the corners of South Dakota, showings, hands-on education Montana, and Wyoming. The objective of the museum The museum houses for children, office space, and research center. is to tell the stories of the a unique collection As visitors enter the early pioneers and those that attracts museum, the first display to who followed them and to thousands of greet them is the “Early Cattle preserve that legacy for future visitors every year Companies.” At one time generations. seeking to learn more Belle Fourche was the largest The museum houses a about the history of shipping point of range cattle unique collection that attracts Belle Fourche and the in the world. Many of the thousands of visitors every Tri-State region. cowboys of the area rode with year seeking to learn more Seth Bullock’s cowboys to the about the history of Belle 1905 inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt. Fourche and the tri-state region. The Black Hills Roundup and Rodeo, now in The non-profit museum opened in 1955 its 99th year, plays a large part in the history after Mrs. Roy Williams, of Hammond, Mont., of this area. The Roundup began in 1918 as a donated $1,000 and a western collection benefit for the Red Cross during World War started by her late husband. To accommodate I, bringing $20,000 for the war effort. During this collection, local businesses and interested the Roundup rodeo, the challenge of riding parties grouped together to create the

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Tipperary, the legendary bucking horse, set the momentum, and the rodeo became an annual 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 five museum productions in 2018 by the new Tri-State Performers and both backdrop units and stage units have been built for this theatre troupe. For more information, visit the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche or call (605) 723-1200.

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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, an eight-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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Lasting Legacies 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

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Downtown Sculptures exhibit rodeo legends of the past

— 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. LASTING LEGACIES continued on pg. 14

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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. Many residents in Belle Fourche are proud of the rich history of their town, set amongst winding rivers and wide-open prairies, underneath vibrant sunsets and an expansive skyline, and established during a rough-andtumble era in which settlers helped establish the unexplored land of the American frontier. 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.

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

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Warrior TRAIL U.S. Highway 212 from Crow Agency, Mont., to Belle Fourche is the shortest distance between the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Mount Rushmore. Between 1865 and 1877, as American Indian tribes desperately tried to retain their lands and culture, and the soldiers of the U.S. Army strove to enforce an edict from Washington, D.C., many battles of great historical significance marked this corridor. This stretch of highway has been officially designated as the Warrior Trail.




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City Park Tour 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 last 10 years. It features a pedestrian/bike path section, and an adjoining sidewalk and urban street section that intersect, converge, and wind through the city - connecting parks and famous landmarks in Belle Fourche. 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.

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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The thousands of acres of ranchland around Belle Fourche are not only home to ranchers’ 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 Dakota’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 – 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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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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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 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

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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 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

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Sol Star and Seth Bullock at the Belle Fourche River

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

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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 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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bright future Development, building relationships, and nurturing partnerships with new businesses and those that wish to expand are the driving forces behind what the Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC) intends to accomplish during 2018 and beyond. The Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park was completed in September 2013. The expansion of the park’s capabilities is just one part of what the Belle Fourche Development Corporation is focused on for 2017. “Belle Fourche is a community with strong leadership and alliances to help make the development process seamless,” Hollie Stalder, BFDC director, 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.“ In 2017, more than 16 businesses either relocated to Belle Fourche or completed an expansion of their existing business. “Here in Belle, we work closely with the school,” Stalder said. “So once the career and technical center is built and finished … we are looking at ways that 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 proposed 100-by-100-foot building is planned to fulfill 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, which is scheduled for an early August completion, will offer high school students who elect to take CTE courses better opportunities to do so, in a more modern facility. Industrial growth in Belle Fourche will have a nice vantage point with the recent development of a rail siding in the Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park. 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 truckloads. 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

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north end - making connections in any direction 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 2017, the partnered organizations helped more that 48 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. Stalder said that during the nine-month experience, 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.” 2018 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 27

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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 fields in North Dakota. A new industrial rail park opened in the city in 2013 and has been steadily expanding since. Highdensity polyethylene pipe manufacturer Permian Tank and Manufacturing Inc. opened a facility in the industrial rail park in 2013 and expanded in 2015 to accommodate increased demand. In 2016, the addition of a half-milelong siding track at the industrial rail park is making it easier for businesses to load and unload products including a new switch which will allow for additional track construction in the future, should additional businesses come in with rail access needs.

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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, it is by far the largest livestock exchange facility for miles. 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 the Black Hills and settled around the Belle Fourche River. Bullock, a frontier marshal and rancher, offered a free right of way and offered to build the terminal to the proposed railroad company looking to build a new rail system through the Black Hills. That location at the Old Middle Creek shipping yards is where the present day Belle Fourche Livestock Auction sits. By 1895, Belle Fourche was shipping 2,500 carloads of cattle east every month during the busy seasons, making it the world’s largest livestock shipping point at that time. Most of the cattle were shipped to markets in Chicago and Omaha, Neb. Transporting the cattle became a lot easier and less expensive, therefore making the location perfect to create weekly markets for stock.

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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 … an incredible number, as 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. The benefit raised money through an auction and everything from livestock to a pet antelope to doughnuts were sold. Another more patriotic fundraiser was the “German Kaiser Bill Coffin Scene,” where a person paid 25 cents for a nail to hammer into the coffin and received a war Thrift Stamp for the effort of hammering the Kaiser’s coffin shut. The 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. 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. The feature of the first Roundup was the appearance of Tipperary, the famous Harding County bucking horse, ridden by only one man. Thirteen years old and over 1,000 pounds, Tipperary drew a huge crowd, and though the crowd saw Sam Brownell of Cheyenne, Wyo., finish his ride, a technical error disqualified him. He switched hands in the middle of his ride, and though the judges did not see it, he admitted his mistake and Tipperary remained a “one man” bronc. Roundups, through the 20s, 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. The Hide Race consisted of a rider racing across the arena pulling a cowhide behind his horse to where his partner waited to jump onto the hide for the ride back across the arena. The rodeo events were canceled in 1929 because of the mud in the arena, and 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 evidence to suggest the

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appearance of mud on many horses and competitors throughout the action of the Roundup. The 30s 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. Since the 40s, buffalo have been present throughout the Roundup events, either in staged stampedes or entertainment. In the 40s, 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 50s and 60s, 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. Additionally, steer roping will be held. The Roundup will be celebrating its 99th year June 30 through July 4, 2018.

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2018 Community Events


3............. First Saturday Brunch

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

9-10....... Belle Fourche Middle School Play 7 pm, BFACC Theatre

9-10....... Belle Fourche Market Days 13........... “Apollo 5”

CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC

15........... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 17........... BF Chamber Annual Meeting 5:30 pm, Community Hall

18........... Family Fun Day, “All About Hearts” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

24............Community Easter Egg Hunt 10 am, Baseball Fields

25........... BF Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Moose Lodge

26........... Belle Fourche Middle School Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC


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6..............Mr. Beautiful Fork

5..............First Saturday Brunch

7..............First Saturday Brunch

6..............“Derik Nelson & Family”

13-14......Tri-State Performers Radio Play: “The Holy Terror Mine”

10............Belle Fourche Middle School Band Concert 6:30 pm, BFACC

7 pm, Grap’s Burgers & Brews 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

13-14......Belle Fourche Chamber Market Days 14............Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Banquet 5 pm, Community Hall

15........... Family Fun Day, “Shark Attack!” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

20-22......BFHS Spring Musical BFACC Theatre

21............Purple Pride 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

9 am, BFACC & Belle Fourche Schools

28............Belle Fourche High School Prom

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC

11-12..... Belle Fourche Market Days 14........... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 15............Belle Fourche Middle School Choir Concert 6 pm, BFACC 19............Belle Fourche High School Graduation 10 am, Belle Fourche High School

20............Family Fun Day, “Can You Hear Me Now?” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, & 28: Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Downtown

TBD.........BFACC 5k BFACC

2..............First Saturday Brunch

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

8-9......... Belle Fourche Market Days 13-17..... South Dakota High School State Finals Rodeo Roundup Grounds

15............31st Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally Cruise-In

6 pm, Dairy Queen, 5th Avenue, Belle Fourche

26............Tri-State Performers Play Off the Page: “School’s Way Out”

16............31st Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally

28............Memorial Day

16............BH Roundup National Anthem Contest

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

31............BFACC Track & Field Meet BFACC

Highland Park

10 am, Highland Park

17............Family Fun Day, “Detective Work” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

29............Miss BH Roundup Queen Contest 8 am, Roundup Grounds

30............BH Roundup Cattle Drive 3 pm, Downtown Belle Fourche

30............BH Roundup Community BBQ with Purchased Rodeo Ticket 5:30 pm, Roundup Grounds

30............Miss BH Roundup Queen Coronation 6 pm, Roundup Grounds

30............BH Roundup 9th Annual Ranch Rodeo 7 pm, Roundup Grounds, Concert following the Rodeo

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November 3..............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

9-10....... Belle Fourche Market Days 18........... Family Fun Day, “Gobble Gobble” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

23............Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights Downtown Belle Fourche

23............CON Business Association Light Up the Night & Fireworks

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Downtown Belle Fourche


Thursday, July 5, 12, 19, & 26 Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Downtown

Thursday, September 6, 13, 20, & 27 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Downtown Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events

6/30-7/4... 99th Annual Black Hills Roundup & PRCA Rodeo

1..............First Saturday Brunch

Full schedule & concert announcements at blackhillsroundup.com

6/30-7/4... NorthStar Amusement Carnival Downtown Belle Fourche

1-3............ PRCA Rodeo

7 pm, Roundup Grounds, Concert following the Rodeo each night

2 & 3........ Fireworks Dusk

4................ Fourth of July Parade

10:30 am, Throughout Belle Fourche

4................ PRCA Rodeo

3 pm, Roundup Grounds

13-14........ Belle Fourche Market Days 15.............. Family Fun Day, “Dig it: Archaeology” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

19-21........ Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast: The Musical” 7 pm, BFACC Theatre

22.............. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast: The Musical” 2 pm, BFACC Theatre

28.............. Foundation Barbeque

5 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center Grounds

August Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Downtown

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

7-8......... Belle Fourche Market Days 7-9......... Miss Rodeo SD Pageant 14........... Belle Fourche Homecoming 16........... Family Fun Day, “Lights & Color” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

21-23......Belle Fourche PleinAir Paint Out Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

October Thursday, October 4 & 11 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Downtown Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events

6..............First Saturday Brunch

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

9..............Annual Autumn Tea

1 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

12-13..... Belle Fourche Market Days 21........... Family Fun Day, “Licorice ‘n Lollipops” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

21............6th Annual Fearless 5k BFACC

26-28......Purple Pride Haunted House TBD

December 1..............First Saturday Brunch

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

7-8......... Belle Fourche Market Days TBD........ Festival of Trees

First Interstate Bank

14............Tri-State Performers: “The Christmas Goose”

7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

15............Tri-State Performers: “The Christmas Goose”

2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

16............Family Fun Day, “Christmas Crafts” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

January 2019 Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Winterfest Watch for family fun events

TBD.........6th Annual Resolution Run BFACC

TBD.........6th Annual Wellness Fair BFACC

5..............First Saturday Brunch 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

20............Family Fun Day

2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

February 2019 Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Winterfest Watch for family fun events

2..............First Saturday Brunch

27............Tri-State Performers: “Black Cats! Black Cats!”

17............Family Fun Day

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

12 & 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

31............CON Business Association Halloween Parade

3-12........78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally™

31............18th Annual Halloween Spooktacular

4..............First Saturday Brunch



7/31-8/4..Butte-Lawrence County Fair Nisland Fairgrounds

23-24......Belle Fourche Chamber Shop Small Belle Fourche

Downtown Belle Fourche BFACC

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center Schedule subject to change. Check www.bellefourchechamber.org for additional events. More events dates on pages 11, 37, 38, 39, & 43

10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

10-11..... Belle Fourche Market Days 19........... Family Fun Day, “Deep in a Cave” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

19............Purple Pride Triathlon BFACC

20............School Resumes – Grades K-12

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hometown Belle Fourche community thursdays 8 weeks Thursdays, June 7 - July 26 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 7 to July 26. 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.

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.

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 ARTS ABOUND continued on pg. 38

Courtesy Hometown THursdays

A schedule of bands follows subject to change June 7 ������������������������� 35th & Taylor June 14 ����������������������� Brandon Jones June 21 ���������������������������� Dirty Word June 28 ������������������������������� 32 Below July 5................ Dakota Country Band July 12 �������������������������Trucker Radio July 19 ������������������������������ Judd Hoos July 26 ���������������������������� Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts 2018 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 37

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Fourche. Together, they formed the Center of the Nation Concert Association. 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.

Belle Fourche Community Theater 2018 Season 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. This year, the group will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical at 7 p.m. July 19-21, and 2 p.m. July 22. Doors open half an hour prior to show time. The third annual Mr. Beautiful Fork competition will roll into town on April 6. The competition features male contestants to entertain and raise money for the Belle Fourche Community Theater. All proceeds will go to fund Camp Oasis, an afterschool program offered at the Belle Fourche Area Community. For information on upcoming shows and events visit www. bfctheater.com, or stop into the Belle Fourche Area Community Center, located at 1111 National St., in Belle Fourche and talk to their staff.

Black Hills Roundup National Anthem Contest June 16

The seventh annual Black Hills Roundup National Anthem Contest will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 in Highland Park. Numerous hopefuls will sing the well-known patriotic song “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a crowd of spectators and judges for the chance to perform the American National Anthem at the 99th annual Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, set for June 30 July 4. Contestants will be judged on vocal ability, originality, stage presence, charisma, and overall talent on a scale of one to 10.

Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center theatre troupe

tri-state performers 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 TriState 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.” For more information about the Tri-State Performers, please call the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at (605) 723-1200, or check out the troupe’s Facebook page.

Tri-State Performers

2018 Performance Schedule “Radio Play: The Holy Terror Mine” 7 p.m. | Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14

“Play off the Page: School’s Way Out” 10 a.m. – noon | Saturday, May 26

“Black Cats! Black Cats!” noon – 2 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 27

“The Christmas Goose”

7 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 14 & 2 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 15

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Belle Fourche Arts Council Summer Concert Series in the Park July

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 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.

The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band 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.



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Devils Tower is 867 feet from base to summit and stands 1,267 above the Belle Fourche River. It is 5,112 feet above sea level. The Tower hiking trail is just over 1 ¼ miles. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt established Devils Tower as America’s first national monument. This rock formation

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towering over the land below is thought to be the remnants of a small intrusive body formed by magma which cooled and hardened under the surface and was then later exposed due to erosion of sedimentary rock.

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RALLY cruises into

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The 31st Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally is set for June 16 at Belle Fourche’s Highland Park. The event, featuring cars from more than a dozen different categories and more than 60 years of auto history, will offer a variety of events during Father’s Day weekend. Sam Silacci returns to the driver’s seat as president of the All Car Rally this year. Silacci, owner of Black Hills Auto Care in Belle Fourche, has been attending the All Car Rally since he first moved to the Hills from Sonoma County, Calif. over 20 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. This year’s Rally schedule of events will mostly mirror that of past events, with the exception of the pre-show n’ shine display and movie typically held Friday night at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. “We’re not really doing anything formal,” he said. “Sounds like we’re going to do a little drive-in cruise at Dairy Queen.” During the main event 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; 19581963; 1964-1966; 1967-1969; 1970-1979; 1980-1989; 19902004; 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 16. 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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Belle Fourche: South Dakota’s rodeo home

more this year,” Crago said. Belle Fourche has made a “We always hope for as many name for itself as a rodeo entries and spectators as we town. Much of that is due to can.” the popularity of the historic The “Chutes for Charity” Black Hills Roundup, an annuevent will take place on July al Professional Rodeo Cow3, with “Military Appreciation boys Association rodeo that’s Day” set for July 4. been held here since 1918. While the rodeo itself is “The Roundup is a huge certainly the big draw, there’s part of the Fourth of July enough going on celebration for at the Black Hills Belle Fourche and Annual PRCA Roundup to please the surrounding event among almost anyone. areas,” Black Hills many on rodeo There are carnival Roundup Chaircalendar. rides, art shows, man Clay Crago concerts and said about the much more. 99th annual event. Events are The Black Hills Roundup’s set for June 30 through July 4. fireworks display is among the This year’s rodeo will feature best in South Dakota, and the saddle bronc riding, a cattle Independence Day parade is drive, mutton bustin’, a ranch one of the largest in the state. rodeo, and steer tripping, This year’s fireworks show among other events. The June will take place on two nights, 30 ranch rodeo starts at 7 p.m. following the PRCA Rodeo and begins five days of events Performances of July 2 and 3. that include steer roping and A Miss Black Hills Roundup four PRCA performances: up Queen pageant is set for June from three in past years. Tick29, with coronation to take ets are currently on sale. place during the June 30 ranch Last year’s Black Hills Roundrodeo. The traditional Miss up rodeo attracted 11,000 to Rodeo South Dakota pageant 12,000 fans and almost 700 has been moved to Sept. 7-9 in contestants. “We’re hoping for Black Hills Pioneer File Photo

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Belle Fourche. It is hoped that a B-1 bomber flyover will precede the Fourth of July parade, but that has not been finalized. “We have a lot of exciting stuff in the making for the 99th building up to the 100th,” Crago said. That includes a commemorative rifle for the 100th Roundup. Crago said the first batch of those rifles is being made. He encourages interested parties to contact a Black Hills Roundup board member for more information or to buy tickets. 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. 25; Sunday, Aug. 26; and Saturday, Sept. 1. Action takes place at the Black Hills Roundup Grounds. More information on those races will appear in The Wrangler magazine. 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 8. 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 2018 South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals take will take place from June 13-17. Winners will proceed to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo., from July 15-21.



Rodeo Action in Belle Fourche! Golliher Arena Spring Series

March 24, 25; April 7, 8, 22 Finals: April 29

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 30; June 6, 20; July 25; August 1 Rain Dates: August 8, 15 For more information, go to their Facebook page

SD High School Rodeo Finals June 13-17

99th Annual Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo June 30 – July 4

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 8

For more information, contact Butte County Extension at 605-892-3371

Get the Green Slot & 4D Barrel Race August 25, 26, September 1 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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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.

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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 31 through Aug. 4. 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,

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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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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


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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.

Community demographics & resources Source: http://census.gov/quickfacts

Belle Fourche (pronounced Bell Foosh)


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

Health Care

Mountain Time Zone

Regional Health Medical Clinic 2200 13th Ave., 605-723-8970

Zip Code: 57717

Regional Health Rehabilitation 2200 13th Ave., 723-8961

Climate: Annual Precip: 18.0 in./yr Average Low Temp: 33.1° F Average High Temp: 62.0° F

Belle Fourche Healthcare Community 2200 13th Ave., 605-892-3331

Incorporated on April 20, 1903

Butte County Health Nurse 2398 5th Ave., Ste. 102, 605-892-2523

Population: 5,696 (2015) Median Age: 37.2 Years Median Income: $41,356 Cost of Living Index: 80 Demographics:

Get to Know Us

Water & Sanitation Pick up City of Belle Fourche, 605-892-2494 Refuse Solutions, Inc., 605-723-7723 Natural Gas Co. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., 800-MDU-FAST

Cable/Communications Midcontinent Communications, 800-888-1300 Vast Broadband, 888-722-2000 Dish Network - Belle Fourche Prime Entertainment Communications, 605-892-4565

Financial Institutions 3 banks 2 credit unions


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

Emergency: 911

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

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

Engineer Dept.

511 6th..................................605-892-3006 Fax.........................................605-723-0897


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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

Water Office

511 6th..................................605-892-2674 After Hours...........................605-892-2737


905 5th Ave..........................605-892-4407


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 (Assessor) .............................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

State Offices

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

Recreation Facilities

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 Belle Fourche Arts Council Louise Reade’, 605-892-5600 Belle Fourche Cardinals Youth Football bellefourchecardinals@gmail.com Belle Fourche Cowboy Band Tim Speidel, 605-892-2930 bfcowboyband.com Belle Fourche Girls Softball Association Matt Nehl, 605-210-2621 bfgirlssoftball@gmail.com Belle Fourche Legion & Pony League Baseball Brian Mehmen, 252-649-8600 bellebaseball@gmail.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

Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Club Jared Kindsfater, 605-210-0850 facebook.com/consportsmansclub

Belle Fourche Soccer Association bellefourchesoccer.com

Department of Social Services 605-892-2731

Belle Fourche Youth Little League 605-641-4168 bellefourcheyouthbaseball@gmail.com

Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 118 Rik Bartels, 605-645-9242

Belle Fourche Buckles & Bows Square Dance Club 605-642-3919 blackhillsdosido.org

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons 800-658-3391 1202 E. St. Francis St., Rapid City

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 Butte Lawrence County Fair Board 605-892-3371 Center of the Nation All Car Rally Sam Silacci, 605-210-2013 Center of the Nation Business Association Stacey Raisanen, 605-892-0900 Center of the Nation Concert Association Mike Reade’, 605-892-5599 Buy tickets online at con-concerts.blogspot.com

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 Northern Hills Area United Way 605-343-5872 unitedwayblackhills.org Parents Who Care Kelly Keegan, 605-892-2246 South Dakota High School Rodeo sdhsra.com South Dakota Retailers Association 800-658-5545 320 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 sdra.org Tri-State Museum Foundation 605-723-1200 2018 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 47

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Fitness facility:

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.

Belle Fourche Area Community Center offers year-round activities even during the depths of winter. The Belle Fourche Area Community Center As the Belle Fourche community changes, the will celebrate its 26th year in 2018. The Center BFACC adapts to meet the ever opened its doors in February of “We really do offer developing needs. The purpose 1992, offering a place and programs something for everyone remains the same, but the way for area residents to stay active and would love for you it is fulfilled is constantly being year-round. to experience the fun.” scrutinized and expanded. The Center is home to a 25-meter ~ Michelle The 2018 season of Belle swimming pool, wading pool, two Deyo-Amende Fourche Community Theater waterslides, racquetball courts, Director, Belle Fourche Area includes: “Mr. Beautiful Fork” gymnasium, walking track, theatre Community Center April 6 and Disney’s “Beauty and more; all indoors to provide and the Beast” July 19-22. quality entertainment and athletic opportunities

Programs offered: • Community Theater • 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!

Youth programs:

• Basketball • Swimming Lessons • Little Dribblers • Youth Volleyball Camp • Fast Track to Sports • Youth Strength & Cardio • Oasis After School & Summer Program • Kids Fitness: Circuit, BOSU®, Yoga, & More • Teen Nights • Middle School Theatre Camp

Facility hours:

Monday-Thursday 5am–9pm Friday 5am–8pm Saturday 8am–6pm Sunday 1–8pm

Pool hours:

Monday-Friday 5:30–10am; 2–7:30pm Saturday 8am–5:30pm Sunday 1pm–7:30pm Memberships or daily passes available.

605-892-2467 www.bellefourche.org Courtesy Photo/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 Ryan Young, Principal Ryan.Young@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 Ryan Young, Principal Ryan.Young@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:

7:55 a.m. - 3:43 p.m.

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.

Alternative Calendar 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.

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 For more information go to

www.bellefourcheschools.org Mailing address: 2305 13th Ave., Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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

Belle Fourche Education Connection (Alternative School) 2315 Dakota Ave., Belle Fourche 605-723-0955 Mathew Raba, Principal Mathew.Raba@k12.sd.us Black Hills Pioneer File Photos

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8th Avenue Bakery

704 8th Ave.


American west bar & grill

1807 5th Ave.


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2511 5th Ave.


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Bob’s café

610 5th Ave.


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Grap’s Burgers and brews

512 National St.


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branding iron steakhouse & social club

19079 US Hwy. 85


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18765 US Hwy. 85


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208 Pine St.


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2504 5th Ave.


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jumpin’ jack’s family restaurant

16 North 5th Ave.


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Luigi’s Pizza

11301 Hwy. 212


The mulligan BAR & GRILL at Belle Fourche Country Club

10941 South Hwy. 85


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New china garden

614 5th Ave.


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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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pizza hut

1824 5th Ave.


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Ski’s Pizzeria

1853 5th Ave.


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stadium sports grill

818 5th Ave.


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1400 Mill St.


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Subway in the CBH Travel Center

Hwy. 212 & Hwy. 85


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taco johns

1401 Mill St.


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the green bean coffeehouse

710 State St.


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Belle Fourche dining

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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.


Econo Lodge

1815 5th Ave.


kings inn

518 National St.


reid motel

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


riverside campground

418 9th Ave.


Rocky Point Recreation

Hwy. 212 to Fisherman’s Rd.

605-641-0023 1-800-710-CAMP

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


The same year General Custer made his last stand at Little Bighorn, W.A. Laughlin and A.W. Merrick printed the original edition of the Black Hills Pioneer. As the first newspaper in the West River Dakota Territory and the oldest continuous business in this area, we have a proud history. We look forward to a strong future.

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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.


Connection Church

613 6th Ave.


Emmanuel Baptist Church

902 Lawrence St.


First Baptist Church

807 8th Ave.


First Congregational United Church of Christ

717 Jackson St.


Jehovah’s Witnesses

23 5th Ave.


Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

2.2 miles east on Hwy. 34


North Point Christian Church

S. Hwy. 85


Northern Hills Church of Christ

5 miles S. Hwy. 85


St. James Episcopal Church

806 6th Ave.


St. James Lutheran

1100 Stanley St.


St. Paul’s Catholic Church

855 5th Ave.


Summit Open Bible Fellowship

Corner of 7th & Summit


United Methodist Church

1804 7th Ave.


Sunset Motel & RV Park Open Year Round Reasonable Rates Front Door Parking 12 Clean, Cozy, Comfortable Rooms 16 Full RV HookUps Free Wifi Dog Friendly

Owners: Barb Hoffman & Dan Davis

19022 US Hwy 85 South, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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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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to Wyoming

to Spearfish

to St. Onge, SD

Belle Fourche SOUTH DAKOTA

Helmer Rd.

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to Montana

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

Nearby Cities

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 F Belle te Museum a t S i r T e h at t r e t n e C r o t & Visi

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

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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

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