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Welcome to Belle Fourche...................................................... 3 Center of the Nation Monument........................................ 4-5 Tri-State Museum............................................................... 7-8 Downtown Belle Fourche....................................................... 9 Historic Walking Tour........................................................... 11 Belle Fourche Area Community Center................................ 13 Geocache............................................................................ 14 River Walk....................................................................... 16-17 Bronze Statues..................................................................... 19 Things to Do in Belle Fourche......................................... 22-23 Warrior Trail......................................................................... 25 Penny Pincher...................................................................... 27 Hunting & Fishing.......................................................... 29-30 Rocky Point Recreation Area................................................. 31 Making an Impact


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2014 Community Events..................................................... 45 Arts & Entertainment...................................................... 46-47 Belle Fourche Rodeo Action............................................ 48-49 Butte/Lawrence County Fair................................................. 51 Center of the Nation All Car Rally........................................ 53 Get to Know Us

Demographics & Resource Directory.............................. 54-55 Belle Fourche School District 9-1.......................................... 57 Churches............................................................................. 59 Kids Corral Activity Pages................................................ 60-61 Belle Fourche Dining............................................................ 62 Belle Fourche Lodging......................................................... 63 City Map........................................................................ 62-63

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* The spur on the cover belonged to Russ Madison, Jr. (1879-1956), a national Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee. Madison rode in the Buffalo Bill Cody show and provided the roughstock to start the first three major Black Hills rodoes that exist to this day, including the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche. Special thanks to the Tri-State Museum and Center of the Nation Visitor Center for their assistance with this publication.

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Welcome to Belle Fourche , Black Hills Pioneer

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 or art gallery, 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 thes 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 the Center of the Nation 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 way 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 Exchange sits today.



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Center of the Nation monument childhood memories. Beyond this, the compass has intrinsic properties as a symbol: a resource for direction on a journey, both physical and spiritual; a clear point of reference or origin.” 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 actu-

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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 Center of the Nation Visitor Center attached to the Tri-State Museum. Made from South Dakota granite, the 21-by-40 foot compass rose marks Belle Fourche as the Geographic Center of the United States, with a 12-inch bronze marker from the National Geodetic Survey verifying the location. “Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the nation, but it is so much more

than that,” said Cody Milbourn, director of the Center of the Nation Visitor Center. “Some call it home and some call it a vacation spot, one thing is certain, this is where authentic western adventure and hospitality live.” 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: “Rarely do concepts spring forward as quickly and forcefully as the Compass Rose. The idea stems from my longtime fascination with the graphic style and artistic rendering of maps, as well as having been raised in Belle Fourche, our geographic significance as center of the nation ingrained in my


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the Belle Fourche River Walk, which features a 9-hole disc golf course. “At the Center of the Nation Visitor Center, we can point you anywhere from here,” Milbourn said. In 2013, approximately 20,000 people visited the monument.


ally 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. An engraved courtyard, picnic area and avenue of state flags also adorn the monument, as well as the trailhead for

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Documenting a rich history: Tri-State Museum a staple for the “Old West” traditions

Companies”. At one time Belle Fourche Robbery featuring the Sundance Kid and was the largest shipping point of range the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. cattle in the world. Many of the cowA military section with uniforms boys of the area rode with Seth Bullock’s and memorabilia from the Civil War cowboys to the 1905 inauguration of through Vietnam, includes the story of Theodore Roosevelt. Don Smith, a local hero who was part The Black Hills Roundof the Doolittle Raiders up and Rodeo, now in its The museum houses during World War II. 95th year, plays a large local industry, a a unique collection Guns, part in the history of this pioneer home complete that attracts area. The Roundup began with fashions and furthousands of in 1918 as a benefit for the nishings, a mercantile, Red Cross during World and the history of the visitors every year War I, bringing $20,000 seeking to learn more railroad round out the for the war effort. During about the history of main collections of the the Roundup rodeo, the Tri-State Museum. Belle Fourche and the challenge of riding TipperLocated next to the Tri-State region. ary, the legendary bucking museum is the “Buckhorse, set the momentum, skin” Johnny Spaulding and the rodeo became an annual Fourth Cabin. Spaulding was an avid hunter, of July celebration, which continues scout, and guide. The two-story cabin, to this day, attracting overflow crowds which originally stood at the lower from around the world. Redwater River just south of Belle In the museum, visitors will find the Fourche, was built from hand-hewn logs story of the Great Butte County Bank hauled from the surrounding hills. After building the cabin, Spaulding invited his sister and brother-in-law and their six children to move to the area. For two MUSEUM continued on pg. 8



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The Tri-State Museum is certainly a must see for anyone visiting or relocating to Belle Fourche. Since 1955, the Tri-State Museum has collected historical materials from the early settlement of the Tri-State area, including the corners of South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The objective of the museum is to tell the stories of the early pioneers and those who followed them and to preserve that legacy for future generations. The museum houses a unique collection that attracts thousands of visitors every year seeking to learn more about the history of Belle Fourche and the TriState region. The non-profit museum opened in 1955 after Mrs. Roy Williams, of Hammond, Mont., donated $1,000 and a western collection started by her late husband. To accommodate this collection, local businesses and interested parties grouped together to create the historical center. In 2004, the museum opened in its current location at the Center of the Nation. The museum foundation is currently involved in a capital campaign to raise funds for an addition that would include an all-purpose gallery to be used for events including gallery showings, hands-on education for children, office space, and research center. As visitors enter the museum, the first display to greet them is the “Early Cattle


years they lived together in this cabin, now equipped with furnishings and artifacts that reveal 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 at the Center of the Nation. Museum Director Rochelle Silva invites you to step into the cabin and learn the story of Buckskin Johnny and the girl he left behind. “I love a happy ending,” she says, “and this happy ending is real life.” One monthly event offered by the museum is a “First Saturday Brunch” featuring brunch as well as a program. The programs are always free; brunch is $5 for the public.  “Friends of the Museum” receive brunch


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Admission is free. Summer Hours: Monday-Saturday • 9am-5pm Sunday • Noon-5pm Fall & Spring Hours: Monday-Saturday • 10-4pm Closed Sunday Winter Hours: Monday-Friday • 10-4pm Closed Saturday - Sunday Group tours available.

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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 10-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, 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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A walk through the history of a cowboy town raucous and untamed place. On the left side of the street one of the 13 saloons was housed and upstairs was one of Dora Dufran’s brothels, commonly known as “Diddlin Dora’s.” Calamity Jane worked in one of the brothels as a laundress and cook in the year or so before her death. Going east on State Street opens up a history book of plans and ideas of the founders of Belle Fourche. Beginning with the Flat Iron building made of brick with a sandstone foundation and an unusual triangular shape and then going past buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s, the names of the buildings tell of ambitions and dreams of the builders. Names like the Gay Brothers, the Townsend Building, Ferrall Hardware and Wide Awake Grocery tell of early entrepreneurs. On the next block of State Street stands the site of the original Butte County Bank where a bank robbery occurred June 27, 1897. The total take was only $97 and no one was ever convicted, but the Sundance Kid seems to be one of those involved.



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Belle Fourche boasted of an opera house, a boarding house, elaborate dining establishments, a bakery and, of course, a post office, all found on State Street. The tour continues viewing many beautiful homes ranging from Queen Anne styles to those built by stonemason John Aaron Scotney from the early days of Belle Fourche. Near the completion of the walking tour, the Butte County Jail can be found. Completed prior to 1902, it is made from sandstone from the Belle Fourche quarry. The cost was nearly $7,000. The sheriff’s family lived above the office. A short drive north, you will find the Tri-State Museum & Center of the Nation Visitor Center. On the grounds stand an old sheep wagon and an old tractor, perfect for a photo with family and friends sitting on a piece of history. The Center of the Nation Monument is just a short walk away by the Belle Fourche River. A self-guided tour book can be found at the Center of the Nation Visitor Center or Belle Fourche Public Library located at 905 5th Avenue. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Belle Fourche of today serves a large trade area of ranches and farms. Wool, cattle, farming and bentonite industries are an important part of the growth of the town. A walk along the self-guided tour of the historic town can transport a visitor into the reflection of an early 20th century commercial agriculture center. Many of the buildings have undergone little or no major modifications and hold images of the self-reliant days of cowboys and cattle. The tour begins at the Belle Fourche Public Library at 905 5th Ave. The tour is a walk of just more than one mile and takes the visitor past many of the sites listed on the National Historic Register. North of the library sits the Butte County Extension Office. The building is a result of a WPA work project. Next to the Extension Office is the Butte County Court House. Dedicated in 1912, the building displays native stone and elements of renaissance revival and beaux arts styles. Along 5th Avenue several homes are located that hold an important place in the history of the town. The Charles Small home was built in 1895 and the Dan McCutchen home was built in the early 20th century. Looking north while standing at the corner of State Street and 5th Avenue, one can imagine the sights and sounds of Saloon Street during the 1890s. In the early days of the railroad and cowboys, Saloon Street was a

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The Belle Fourche Area Community Center will celebrate its 22nd year of service this February. The Center opened its doors in February of 1992 offering a place and programs for area residents to stay active year-round. The Center is home to a 25-meter swimming pool, wading pool, waterslide and whale slide, gymnasium, walking track, theatre and more, all indoors to provide quality entertainment and athletic opportunities even during the depths of

winter. A new slide is currently being installed. As the Belle Fourche community changes, they too evolve to meet the ever developing needs. Their purpose remains the same, but the way they fulfill that purpose is constantly being scrutinized and changed. New features providing for those ever developing needs include Wi-Fi network availability and a family locker room. Director Michelle Deyo-Amende is excited about the fully quipped, handicapped accessible locker room that opens directly into the pool area. The room provides 10 lockers for a one group or familyat-a-time usage.

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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.

Programs offered:

• Community Theater • 500 Mile Club • Fitness Challenge • Volleyball Leagues (indoor & sand) • Basketball Leagues • Kickball League • Disc Golf • Group Fitness & Water Fitness Classes • SilverSneakers® Yoga, Classic, Circuit & Splash • Strength Training Classes • ZUMBA® and More!

Youth programs:

• Basketball • Swimming Lessons • Little Dribblers • Youth Volleyball Camp • Hershey Track & Field • Youth Strength & Cardio • Camp Oasis - OST Program • Kids BOSU & Yoga • Teen Nights

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

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Hide & Seek:

Geocache in and around Belle Fourche By Heather Murschel Black Hills Pioneer

Geocaches can be found all over the world, and Belle Fourche features 33 of them within 10 miles of the city and 426 within 20 miles. Whether it’s Herrmann Park or along the banks of the Redwater River and Hay Creek, geocaches are hidden throughout the area and range from beginner to the more advanced. The most common way to secure the coordinates for the caches in the area is to log onto www.geocaching. com, search the site and find out where you’d like to go. Securing a membership is easy at Once you are logged on, choose a user name, enter a pass-

word that is easy for you to remember and your primary e-mail address. Agree to the terms, double check your validation code and set up your account. Now it’s time to seek and find! To find the caches in and around Belle Fourche, click on “Play” in the navigation bar and scroll down to “Hide & Seek a Cache.” From there, you have the option to enter an address, a zip code or simply by state and country. The zip code for Belle Fourche is “57717,” which is the easiest way to find what’s available. Once you choose your location, enter the coordinates of the cache into your GPS Device and use it to assist you in finding the hidden cache. Caches vary greatly in size and in appearance. Most of the information on the size of each cache is shown on the page when you retrieve the coordinates. Larger caches most often feature trade items, which adds a twist to the activity by creating a sense of a treasure



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hunt. Anyone is welcome to bring something to add to the cache, and those who find the cache are more than welcome to take a trade item for themselves. Once you’ve located it, sign into the logbook provided and return the geocache to its original location. Don’t forget to take photos and share them with the rest of the geocaching community online.

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River Walk leads visitors on city park tour 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 Center of the Nation 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 features basketball and tennis courts, 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 numerous giant Cottonwood trees. City Engineer Ryan Kavan said city staff is currently working on the plans for extending the River Walk trail under U.S. Highway 85 at Hay Creek to Pine Street. Construction of the project is planned for the summer of 2014 with completion in the fall of 2014. “The extension of the trail to Pine Street will add to the current






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 was slowly installed during the last nine 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

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There are nine parks located throughout the City of Belle Fourche. • Arnold Park - State St. • Eagle Park - Elkhorn St. • Gay 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.

trail that connects several of our parks, runs near and through part of downtown, and through some of our residential neighborhoods to businesses along U.S. Highway 85,” he said. “It will also provide a safe crossing of U.S. Highway 85 for users of the bike path.” Kavan said the city of Belle Fourche is also in the process of creating a master plan to extend their trail system. “This plan will guide new trail construction projects for many years to come and may include extensions to Orman Dam to the east, the city of Spearfish to the south, and continue connecting areas within the city of Belle Fourche, including our neighborhoods, business districts, schools, and parks,” he said.




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Lasting Legacies:

Downtown Sculptures exhibit rodeo legends of the past By Kaylee Tschetter

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 Center of the Nation 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-and-tumble 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.



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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

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BELLE JOLI WINERY 1218 6th Ave. The winemakers at Jackson Vineyards brought their dream of owning a Black Hills vineyard to a reality more than a decade ago. Belle Joli’, French for “a delight to the senses,” offers a taste of wine from grapes grown right in the Black Hills. The winery produces half a dozen different wines, including both red and white varieties. Matthew Jackson received his enology degree from California State University, Fresno, and is the state’s only enologist. He uses French hybrid varietals developed between Cornell University and the University of Minnesota that are well-suited to the short growing season in South Dakota.

SOUTHPARK LANES 510 National St. Hit a strike in Belle Fourche’s bowling alley, South Park Lanes. This 12-lane alley is home to several bowling leagues. Built in 1964, the alley is owned by Rick Wessels who has run the local lanes since 1977. The bowling alley is open on Tuesday evenings during the summer and hosts winter leagues for men, women and mixed teams Monday through Friday starting in September. It is also open to the public at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in the winter. Call 605-892-2626 for open bowling availability.


BLACK HILLS PARROT WELFARE & EDUCATION CENTER 1132 Valley 1 Rd. Over the years, Belle Fourche has become home to dozens of rare and exotic birds. Black Hills Parrot Welfare houses a variety of different parrot species that have been abused, neglected, or simply outlived their humans and have nowhere to go. Whether it’s a toucan or a Moluccan Cockatoo that is 69 years old, certified avian specialists Greg and Cindy Poulain treat each bird with the utmost respect and care for them as if the birds were always theirs. The center is funded with public donations, fundraisers, membership dues and grants. They also sell quality pet supplies in their retail store at the front of the building. Whether it’s dog food, cat toys or bird items, they have it all. The money is all donated back to the center for education, training and to continue caring for the birds.


THE FORKS Belle Fourche, a French name meaning “beautiful forks,” is so called for the three bodies of water that converge at the same point. The Redwater and Hay Creek rivers, as well as the Belle Fourche River, all join just outside of town. The forks are easily accessible from the River Walk bike path, which runs along right alongside the rivers, allowing walkers, bikers, and joggers to get very close and personal with Belle Fourche’s namesake landmark.


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ROBERT CLEMENTS GALLERY Corner of State St. and 5th Ave. The talents of a local artist can be seen at the Robert Clements Gallery. The gallery features photography and paintings by Clements, who said his work is dedicated to capturing the true beauty of the landscape. His work captures the subtle, timeless beauty of the prairie in all of its seasons and aspects. Born in Quinn, S.D., Clements grew up on a working farm-ranch in Haakon County and studied art at the University of South Dakota and the University of Wisconsin.

DISC GOLF Disc golf aficionados have a beautiful place to throw and stroll in Belle Fourche, right on the banks of the Belle Fourche River – the meanest water hazard in the Northern Hills. The nine-hole course starts behind the Center of the Nation Visitor Center at 415 5th Ave., right next to the Center of the Nation monument, and meanders along the banks of the river. Each of the course’s nine-holes are rated Par 3. Hole distances vary from 152 feet to 367 feet, totaling 2,642 feet over all. Scorecards and course maps are available at the Center of the Nation Visitor Center.


BELLE FOURCHE COUNTRY CLUB S. Hwy 85 Looking to spend some time on the green? Belle Fourche Country Club, a nine-hole course nestled in the northern corner of the Black Hills, offers a challenging opportunity to everyone. The course is surrounded by pine trees with wildlife and abundant ground foliage sure to test even the most avid golfer. In fact, their second hole is rated the second hardest par-3 in the state. After a day on the green, sit back and relax at The Mulligan Restaurant & Bar, located inside the clubhouse. Come and enjoy Belle Fourche Country Club as a member or guest and be a part of our family at the #1 club of the Northern Hills. For more information, please call (605) 892-3472.

RANCHING EXPERIENCES Guests interested in hunting and ranching have come to the right place. Visitors to Belle Fourche who just want to relax and take in the scenery the wide-open prairies provide, or those wishing to bag an antelope or take home some turkeys, are in luck. Featured ranches include: The Crow Creek Guest Ranch; Vallery’s High Plains Game Ranch; Center of the Nation Hunting; and Colony Outfitters. With numerous opportunities in and around Belle Fourche, guests looking for a good, old-fashioned hunting or ranching experience have come to the right place, so be our guest and revel in the excitement these establishments offer. For more information, stop by the Center of the Nation Visitor Center.

HOMESTEAD NURSERY WALKING GARDEN 1728 5th Ave. Anyone with a green thumb can wander over to the Homestead Nursery to tour a free display garden. The garden includes one of the widest varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and flowers in South Dakota. The garden has been a work in progress for the past 25 years and today includes a network of walking paths and bridges running throughout the grounds. Everything from tree peonies and daffodils to tree-form lilacs and Chinese lilacs provide walkers with a rich, relaxing experience on quiet afternoons.

BELLE FOURCHE SKATE PARK National St. Skateboarders can feel right at home in Belle Fourche with free access to the public skate park. The park boasts stairs, ramps and rails, and is located in Highland Park next to the Belle Fourche Area Community Center. The skate park is open all day long, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but there are no lights to keep it lit at night.

BIRD WATCHING Throughout Belle Fourche Belle Fourche lies just beyond the Northern tip of the Black Hills of South Dakota and is the central location for a variety of birding habitat. You can pick up suggested birding locations and routes at the Center of the Nation Visitor Center. Current bird sightings for South Dakota are available on the internet at


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TRIPP FAMILY AMC RAMBLER CAR COLLECTION 709 State St. Car lovers will be able to catch a glimpse of America’s last independent motor company at the Tripp Family Car Collection. Ellis Tripp, a resident of Belle Fourche, has built a collection of over 30 cars made by the American Motors Corporation, an independent manufacturer that operated from 1954-1987. Tripp’s collection includes models like a 1966 Ambassador, a 72 Javelin, a 64 Rambler, and a 390 cc, 315 horsepower 1968 AMX, which was originally made to compete with the Corvette. His autos have won awards all over the country, including the George Romney award, the second-most prestigious award for AMC cars. All his cars are licensed, and he drives them all. To set up a showing, call Tripp at (605)641-9941.


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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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Penny collectors rejoice! 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 Center of the Nation Visitor Center office located 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, Tri-State 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



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July 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Black Hills Roundup - Belle Fourche Ranch Rodeo followed by PRCA Rodeos. The community has celebrated this Annual Event since 1918. July 4, 5, 6 - National Day of the American Cowboy and 9-State Meeting of the Great Western Cattle Trail Association at the High Plains Western Heritage Center June, July, August - Display of the Black Hills CCC Camps & S.D. Soldier's Traveling Exhibit at the Old Fort Meade Museum


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Belle Fourche home to prime hunting and fishing


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. The final years of the decade were some of the best for nearby antelope herds. Hunters were chasing record numbers of pronghorn and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks was issuing large number of licenses to help curb the population. Wildlife officials estimated the 2013 population, at 26,000 animals. In 2013 rifle hunters purchased about 3,500 antelope licenses. To this end almost 2,000

antelope were killed – a 48 percent success rate. Each year, when the West River deer season opens, traditionally in mid November, hunters head to the nearby ranches and walkin areas in hopes of taking one of the large mulies or whitetails that feed in the alfalfa fields or sagebrush draws. In 2008 the state record mule deer was killed just north of Butte County. Large deer numbers promptHUNTING & FISHING continued on pg. 30


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ed wildlife officials to keep hunting pressure of the herds. The West River season saw about 26,000 licenses sold in 2012, with hunters taking 23,600 deer, a success rate of 47 percent for all tags sold. 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



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at providing the bird for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The populations have grown in recent years to levels that create problems for ranchers and wildlife officials. 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 and the Redwater River are home to prime fishing.

Rocky Point Recreation Area at Belle Fourche Reservoir

Fishing: 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. 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.

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Nature Day Camps: 9:30am - 12:00pm • Kids ages 7-12 June 18 - Kids Fishing Derby July 16 - Nature Explorers Park entrance license required year round: $6/day/vehicle or $30 for an annual pass Camping & Fees: $15/non-electrical, $19/electrical site per night. Camping cabins $40 per night. 64 sites. Three accessible sites.


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.

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The completion of the first-class industrial and rail park marks another milestone year for Belle Fourche economic development efforts. The Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park was completed in late September 2013. The park is more than a mile long stretch of paved roadway that creates a loop through approximately 100 acres of property, providing potential clients, business owners, and businesses seeking expansion with a new location that has exceptional access for trucks and consumers — situated just off the intersection of Highways 85 and 212.



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Other energy-related and retail businesses located near the intersection of Highways 85 and 212: Pipeline Plastics — West of the industrial park on Highway 212, this producer of high-density polyethylene pipe used in the oil and gas industry, has brought numerous full-time jobs to Belle Fourche. Black Hills Fiberglass — Located on Highway 85, this energy-related service produces fiberglass tanks and other products. CBH Cooperative Travel Center — Nestled between Highways 85 and 212, and opened in April of 2013, the travel center is another place to fuel up with gas and food. Runnings — Recently made a move to buy the former Motive Parts and Supply in Belle Fourche. They will sell a wide selection of name-brand merchandise in a variety of categories including sporting goods, farm, tools, and more under the Runnings name. Numerous other retail businesses are located in downtown Belle Fourche, along State Street, and in the surrounding areas. Belle Fourche also offers several health-related facilities, including the Belle Fourche Regional Medical Clinic, the Belle Fourche Health Care Center, Community Health Services, and more. Belle Fourche is also the northern gateway to the Black Hills, which offer numerous scenic and recreational opportunities. With Belle Fourche’s location in such a beautiful area, as well as the numerous energy-related, retail, and health care facilities the town encompasses, it’s no wonder that the once-quaint town has grown 20 percent in the last 10 years. “In my 25 years in Belle Fourche, I’ve never seen times as exciting as what we’ve got going on,” Peterson said.

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The rail portion of the park is expected to be complete by 2015. Greg Krajewski, the new executive director of the Belle Fourche Development Corporation, said the city is finalizing its choice for a design team. Once the team is chosen, the corporation will submit a design concept for the rail project. Officials from Canadian Pacific are also currently discussing selling their portion of the old DM&E rail line to Genesee & Wyoming. “We are looking to build a rail system that will meet the needs of prospective stakeholders in the area. Once the design firm is selected the plan is to then have them do market research and analysis on the type of companies in the region who will be a good fit for us,” Krajewski said. What makes Belle Fourche so attractive to energy-related and retail businesses? Belle Fourche is centrally located to service the oil and gas industry in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. So it’s no surprise then — especially with the city’s close proximity to the Bakken Oil Shale in North Dakota — that energy-related businesses have already decided to locate to the new Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park. One of those businesses is Texas-based above ground storage tank and processing equipment manufacturer Permian Tank. Officials from Permian Tank expect the facility to be fully operational by the summer of 2014, bringing as many as 65 new jobs to Belle Fourche by the end of this year, and servicing the oil industry from a prime location. Scott Peterson, president of the Belle Fourche Development Corporation said that along with the new jobs Permian Tank will provide, Belle Fourche has gained more than 150 jobs in a 12-month period.



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Belle Fourche owes its start to the railroad railroad ROBERT CLEMEN



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 high-density polyethylene pipe manufacturer Permian Tank and Manufacturing Inc. opened a new facility in the park last year because of the railroad and the city’s proximity to the oil fields.




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.



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Agriculture mainstay of Butte County ERY CLEMEN TS GALL ENTS/ROB ERT

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 584 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 Exchange a staple for cattle community During the busy months, the Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange 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 Exchange 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.



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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 Exchange 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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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 Belle Fourche rivers 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 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 Sol Star a Belle Fourche and nd Seth B ullock at more developed at the the Belle Fourche River time, was the favored choice of location by the railroad, a spectator purchased Min nesela’s right-of-way and demanded a in town were offered to businesses high price for the land the railroad wantmoving from Minnesela, and while there ed. Seth Bullock, having acquired land was some bad feeling for the past bealong the Belle Fourche River since his tween the communities, many businesses arrival in Deadwood in 1876, appraised did move to the thriving town. The early the situation and decided to offer the days of Belle Fourche revolved around railroad free right-of-way across his land, the cattle business, and known as a “cow in addition to offering to build a terminal town,” Belle Fourche catered to cowboys if the railroad would locate it on his land. and cattlemen. The town’s original main His business partner, Sol Star, sent street (now Fifth Avenue), nicknamed Saword to the railroad that he would not loon Street, quickly filled with businessapprove any deal that Bullock promised es, including several saloons, restaurants, unless the railroad also built into Deadclothing and grocery stores, a hotel, and wood. The railroad officials recognized Star and Bullock’s hardware and furniture a deal when they saw one and agreed to store. the terms, and following the agreement, After losing the railroad depot, the the railroad terminal was built in 1890 in community of Minnesela also lost the the place where the present Belle Fourche Butte County seat to Belle Fourche in Livestock Exchange sits. Seth Bullock 1894, after an election where, supposedsupposedly requested the town name afly, hundreds of voters were “imported” ter the last rail was hammered into place. to ensure the desired outcome in Belle The town was born, lots were sold, and Fourche’s favor. Seth Bullock once again the first trainload of cattle departed from intervened on behalf of Belle Fourche, Belle Fourche in 1890. However, free lots


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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-inthe-Wall gang 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


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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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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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Captain Smith died while piloting a plane over western Europe. He was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012. PHOTOS COURTESY TRI-STATE MUSEUM


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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 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. The 1972 Western movie, “The Cowboys”, starring John Wayne, Slim Pickens, and Robert Carradine’s film debut, is a classic cowboy tale. Each year Belle Fourche celebrates the only motion picture to feature the town and the days of the 1800s before cattle trucks and before railroads crossed the west. A life-size likeness of John Wayne can be found at the Center of the Nation Visitor Center, ready for a photo opportunity and to greet visitors to the area.

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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

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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 ROUNDUP HISTORY continued on pg. 44



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contestants readied their horses for this event as they traveled. The horse would pull the family and rodeo supplies to Belle Celebra te with a specta Fourche in true cular fi reworks practical trainshow! ing, and later race against one another with much lighter loads. The formation of the PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association) standardized seven bull riding. Additionally, steer roping will events for the Roundup: bareback riding, be held. tie-down roping, team roping, saddle bronc The Roundup will be celebrating its 95th riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and year July 2-6, 2014. JODIE BA

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 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


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6.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 19........ Belle Fourche Homecoming 27........ Chamber Agri-Business Appreciation Banquet

Thursday nights: Hometown Thursdays, 6-9 pm, downtown 7.......... 12th Annual Hay Fever Run/Walk, BFACC 7.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 8.......... 11th Annual Hay Fever Run/Walk, 8:45 am 13........ 27th Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally Block Party, Scott Peterson Motors, 5th Avenue 14........ 27th Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally, Herrmann Park 14........ BH Roundup National Anthem Contest, 10am, Herrmann Park bandshell 14–15... Parrot Festival, 10:30 am, Black Hills Parrot Welfare 18-22... South Dakota High School State Finals Rodeo, Roundup Grounds

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Thursday nights (through Aug. 21): Hometown Thursdays, 6-9 pm, downtown 2.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 4-10..... 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallyTM 11-15... Butte-Lawrence County Fair, Nisland Fairgrounds 20........ School Resumes - Grades 5-12 21........ School Resumes - Grades K-4




3.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 6.......... Belle Fourche Middle School Band Concert, 6:30 pm, BFACC 12........ Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert, 7 pm, BFACC 13........ Belle Fourche Middle School Choir Concert, 6:30 pm, BFACC 17........ Belle Fourche High School Graduation 17........ “Les Trompettes de Lyon,” CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC 26........ Memorial Day 29........ Hershey Track & Field Meet, BFACC





5.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 5.......... Belle Fourche High School Prom 12........ Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am, Roundup Grounds 12........ Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Banquet, Community Hall 25........ Belle Fourche Chamber Career Fair 25-27... BFHS Spring Muscial, BFACC Theatre

Thursday nights (excluding July 3): Hometown Thursdays, 6-9 pm, downtown 2.......... 5th Annual BH Roundup Invitational Golf Tournament, BF golf course 2-4 ...... Miss Rodeo South Dakota Contest 2-6....... 95th Annual Black Hills Roundup & PRCA Rodeo full schedule and concert announcements at 2-6 ...... NorthStar Amusement Carnival, downtown Belle Fourche 3.......... 5th Annual Ranch Rodeo, Roundup Grounds 3.......... Cattle Drive, downtown Belle Fourche 4.......... Texaco Country Music Showdown, 2 pm, Herrmann Park 4.......... Fourth of July Parade, 10:30 am, throughout Belle Fourche 5.......... Fireworks, dusk 5.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 25-26... Crazy Days, downtown Belle Fourche

1.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 8.......... BF Chamber Annual Banquet, Community Hall 10........ Belle Fourche Middle School Choir Concert, 7 pm, BFACC 14-15... Belle Fourche Middle School Play, Belle Fourche Area Community Center (BFACC) Theatre 15........ Tri-State Museum Annual Banquet, Community Hall 16........ Purple Pride 5k Run/Walk, Herrmann Park 17........ Belle Fourche High School Choir Concert, 7 pm, BFACC 27........ “The Abrams Brothers,” CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC

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4.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum 26........ Fearless 5k, BFACC 31........ CON Business Association Halloween Parade, downtown Belle Fourche 31........ 14th Annual Halloween Spooktacular, BFACC


6.......... First Saturday Brunch, 10 am, Tri State Museum TBD...... Festival of Trees, First Interstate Bank

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2014 community events

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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. 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



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The overall mission of this 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’s productions will include: American Buffalo, by David Mamet, presented as a dinner theater on April 11 & 12; The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, on June 19, 20, & 21; The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, August 7, 8, & 9; and the original production Haunted Theater showing October 31 as part of the Belle Fourche Area Community Center Spooktacular Celebration. For information on upcoming shows and events visit, or stop into the Belle Fourche Area Community Center, located at 1111 National St., in Belle Fourche and talk to their staff.


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.



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NATIONAL ANTHEM CONTEST June 14 The third annual Black Hills Roundup National Anthem Contest will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Herrmann Park, in Belle Fourche. 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 95th annual Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, set for July 3-6. Contestants will be judged on vocal ability, originality, stage presence, charisma, and overall talent on a scale of one to 10. Last years’ contest saw a variety of contestants, the youngest of them only 6 years old.

A schedule of bands follows (subject to change): June 12 – Frat House June 19 – The Broken Spokes June 26 – The 55’s July 17 – TBA July 24 – Unfinished business July 31 – Itty Bitty Opry Band Aug. 7 – Matt Begley & Bitter Whiskey Aug. 14 – In Aix Aug. 21 – Crashwagon

HOMETOWN THURSDAYS Thursdays, June 12-August 21 (excluding July 3)

6TH ANNUAL TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN July 5 Some of the Black Hills’ most talented musicians will gather in Belle Fourche for the 6th Annual Eagle Country-Dana Dental Arts Texaco Country Showdown Finals set for July 5 at Herrmann Park. This event is the most popular music talent search contest in South Dakota, as everyone is competing for $100,000 and the title of the “Best New Act in Country Music.” In order to make it to the finals, the contestants have had to qualify by performing throughout the Black Hills, including Belle Fourche, Piedmont, Sturgis and Deadwood. Performance dates for qualifications are as follows: Feb. 21 at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis; March 22 at Besler’s Cadillac Ranch in Belle Fourche; April 5 at the Elk Creek Steakhouse in Piedmont; April 18 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in DeadTER/BLACK HIL


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wood; May 17 at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Sundance, Wyo.; June 14 at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis. The top two qualifiers of each preliminary round will advance to the final performance scheduled for July 5 at Herrmann Park in Belle Fourche. For more information on this event, or to perform visit www.myeaglecountry. com or call The Eagle 95.9/96.3 at (605) 642-8800.



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 12 to Aug. 21. Hometown Thursdays is a community gathering that includes food, vendors, children’s activities, and much more.


Every Wednesday in July there is a free concert 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. Another event the Belle Fourche Arts Council hosts is the Talent Showcase Production, which is held at the end of February every year. The event is their biggest and most successful fundraiser.


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

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In its second year, Hometown Thursdays will feature a different theme each week. At the June 12 event, old cars will be on display in conjunction with the All Car Rally. Other themes will feature square dancers and a farmer’s market. 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.


The winner receives an original Black Hills Roundup Rodeo jacket, and a chance to compete in the Texaco Country Showdown.

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art shows, concerts and much more. The Black Hills Roundup’s July 5 fireworks display is among the best in Belle Fourche has made a name for South Dakota, and the Independence itself as a rodeo town. Much of that is Day parade is one of the largest in the due to the popularity of the historic state. The event is also home to the Black Hills Roundup, an Miss Rodeo South Dakota annual Professional Ropageant. It is hoped that Annual PRCA deo Cowboys Association a B-1 bomber flyover will event among rodeo that’s been held precede the Fourth of many on rodeo July rodeo, but that has here since 1918. “It’s definitely calendar. not been finalized. family entertainment While the Black Hills that everyone can look Roundup is the biggest rodeo in Belle forward to,” said Black Hills RoundFourche, it’s doesn’t stand alone. up Chairman Ferman Clarkson. “It Belle Fourche is home to many other brings in a lot of visitors for the July rodeos as well. 4 weekend, and we hope to have a The annual Belle Jackpot Associgood performance.” ation Rodeo takes place this year on This year’s rodeo will feature dates that have yet to be established. saddle bronc riding, a cattle drive, This rodeo features roping, goat tying, mutton bustin’, a ranch rodeo, and barrel racing and pole bending events a high school rough stock competiand features contestants of all ages. tion, among other events. The July Check the link 3 ranch rodeo comes before the Jackpot for more information. PRCA performance. The Get the Green Slot and 4D While the rodeo itself is Barrel Races offer three days of barrel certainly the big draw, there’s racing, from Friday, Aug. 29 to Sunenough going on at the Black day, Aug. 31. The Butte County 4-H Hills Roundup to please almost Rodeo also calls Belle Fourche home. anyone. There are carnival rides,

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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, steer wrestling and pole bending. The 2014 South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals takes place from June 18-22. Winners will proceed to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo., from July 13-19.


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.” The event takes place on July 13, beginning with the Ambassador Contest, which then gives way to the main rodeo events. For more information on the Butte County 4-H Rodeo contact the Butte County Extension Office at (605) 892-3371.

Rodeo Action in Belle Fourche! Black Hills Open Horse Show June 7

Besler’s Cadillac Ranch, Belle Fourche

Belle Jackpot Association Rodeo May 28, June 4, 11, July 9, 16, 30, August 6, 13 Rain date: August 20 For more information, contact Lorita Crofford at 605-645-7592

SD High School Rodeo Finals June 18-22

95th Annual Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo July 3-6

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Get the Green Slot & 4D Barrel Race August 29-31

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Butte County 4-H Rodeo July 13th All rodeos are at the Roundup Grounds unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.



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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. The cost for a parking space with electricity is set at $15 per day and a tent site is set at $5 per day. For more information, call the fair board office at (605) 257-2370 or visit files/2010/12/2014-State-Fair-Book-YIAStatic.pdf

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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, nearly 34 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 this fair. 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, 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.


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All Car Rally cruises into 27th year in Belle Fourche







bring the younger generation out and get them involved as well,” Silacci said. This year’s Rally schedule of events includes a small car show preview and block party at Scott Peterson Motors in Belle Fourche Friday evening. During the main Show-N-Shine 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 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-1950; 1950-1959; 1960-1963; 1964-1966; 1967-1969; 1970-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-2004; 2005-Current; Pre-1980 Trucks, Vans, SUVs, and Off-Road; 1981-Current Trucks, Vans, SUVs, and OffRoad; Street Rods; Tuner/ Import/Low rider; Rat



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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. That said, he’s hoping to see the number of cars at this years event exceed 250 for the very first time. “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 14. Pre-registration costs $20, and registration 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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The 27th annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally is set for June 13 and 14. The event, featuring cars from more than a dozen different categories and over 60 years of auto history, will offer a variety of events at both Scott Peterson Motors and Herrmann Park in Belle Fourche. Sam Silacci takes the driver’s seat as president of the All Car Rally this year. Silacci, the 36-year-old owner of Black Hills Auto Care, has been attending the All Car Rally since he first moved to the Hills from Sonoma County, Calif. 18 years ago. “As a car enthusiast myself I want to keep this tradition going and hopefully

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BELLE FOURCHE (pronounced Bell Foosh)




Belle Fourche School District 9-1 723-3355 1 high school (9-12) 1 middle school (5-8) 2 elementary schools (PK-4) 1 alternative school




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


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


Annual Precip: 18.0 in./yr Average Low Temp: 33.1˚ F Average HIgh Temp: 62.0˚ F

POPULATION: 5,594 (2010)

Unofficial population as of July 1, 2012: 5,658 Median Age: 36.1 Years Median Income: $37,917 Cost of Living Index: 80


Belle Fourche Senior Citizens Center 828 Kingsbury St., 605-892-6285

Occupied: 88.4% Vacant: 11.6%

Country Place Senior Living 10905 Sourdough Rd., 605-723-3000

Owner Occupied: 67.5% Rent Occupied: 32.5%

Sunpointe Senior Estates 2200 13th Ave., 605-892-3333


Airport 10970 Airport Rd ........................ 605-892-6345 Bureau of Land Management ................. 605-892-7000 Dispatch 830 6th ....................................... 605-892-2737 Engineer Dept 511 6th ....................................... 605-892-3006 Fax ............................................... 605-723-0897 Finance 511 6th ........................................ 605-892-2494 Fax ............................................... 605-892-2784 Landfill Scale House, 183 N 8th .............. 605-892-3530 Baler Building .............................. 605-723-0485 Shop 516 Faulk .................................... 605-892-3414 Fax .............................................. 605-723-0145 Water Office 606 6th ........................................ 605-892-2674 After Hours .................................. 605-892-2737


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US GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Butte Conservation ...................... 605-892-3368 Bureau of Land Managment ........ 605-892-7000 FSA Ag Credit Team .................... 605-892-3367 South Dakota ONE Call ........... 1-800-781-7474 South Dakota Licensing ........... 1-800-952-3696 Drivers License Renewals every Tuesday at the Community Hall .... 605-892-2008 Dept. of Natural Resources ......... 1-800-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


Water and Sanitation Pickup City of Belle Fourche, 605-892-2494 RSI, 605-723-7723 Natural Gas Co. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., 1-800-MDU-FAST


Midcontinent Communications 1-800-888-1300 Dish Network Prime Entertainment Communications 605-892-4565 WOW! 1-877-243-4237

Boy Scouts - Troop 252 Scoutmaster: Randy, 605-645-9892

City Mayor, 8-member City Council


Butte/Lawrence County 4-H Butte County Extension Office, 605-892-3371

County 5 Commissioners Belle Fourche Police Department Scott Jones, Police Chief 1010 8th Ave., 605-892-4354 10 Officers Fred Lamphere, County Sheriff 605-892-3324 4 Deputies

Butte County Historical Society Eleanor Marousek, 605-892-2507 Butte County National Guard 842nd 605-892-4346 Butte Lawrence County Fair Board 605-892-4740 Butte/Meade County Housing Sturgis, SD 57785, 605-347-3384

Belle Fourche Volunteer Ambulance 605 6th Ave., 605-892-2254

Center of the Nation All Car Rally Sam Silacci, 605-210-2013

Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department 605 National St., 605-892-6237


Center of the Nation Business Association Stacey Raisanen, 605-892-0900 Center of the Nation Concert Association Lorraine Klingler, 605-892-3602 Buy tickets online at

AAU Wrestling Kristyn Fuller, 605-210-0698 AAUWRESTLING.NET


CenturyLink 1-866-642-0444

American Legion 605-569-0746


American Legion Auxiliary 605-641-7043


Artemis House/Victims of Violence Intervention Teri Royer, 605-642-7825 Spearfish, SD 57783

Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 118 President Don Ward, 605-645-2689

Badlands Early Head Start 605-723-8837

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons Marsha Frericks, 1-800-658-3391 140 N. St., Rapid City, SD

Belle Fourche All-Nighter Softball Tournament For more information call 605-641-1687

Loyal Order of Moose 605-892-3121

3 banks, 2 credit unions

Public Library, 905 5th Ave., 605-892-4407 Post Office, 804 State St., 605-892-2815 Senior Citizen’s Center Tri-State Museum Community Hall Dick Bowman Memorial Hall Landfill Mon.-Fri. 7am-4pm Saturday 9am-2pm RV Dump Station in between Chamber and City Hall Cemetery Office, 605-892-3735 Pine Slope Cemetary - Hwy 34 St. Paul’s Cemetary - Hwy 34 Riverside Cemetary - Mona Rd. off E. National St. Belle Fourche Ministerial Association Compassion Cupboard, 522 5th Ave., 605-892-3402, Tues. 9am-Noon, Thurs. 2pm-6pm To reserve a room at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center, BFACC Pool, the Community Hall or the Dick Bowman Memorial Hall call 605-892-2467, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday


9 city parks and Roundup Rodeo Arena 2 tennis courts Softball/baseball & soccer complex Public ice skating rink State Park, bike path Disc Golf Herrmann Park Band Shell Ampitheatre Recreation Center swimming pool, walking track, weight room, wading pool, 2 water slides, 2 basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, cardio workout room, conference rooms, theatre

Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Club Rik Bartels, 605-645-9242 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CONSPORTSMANSCLUB

Department of Social Services 605-892-2731

Belle Fourche Arts Council Louise Reade, 605-892-3600

NAJA Shriners 4091 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City, 57702 605-342-3402 NAJASHRINERS.COM

Belle Fourche Cowboy Band Tim Speidel, 605-892-2930


Belle Fourche Girls Softball Association Kerri Juelfs, 605-645-9030 Belle Fourche Legion & Pony League Baseball Brian Mehmen, Belle Fourche Lion’s Club John Cooper, 605-723-4698

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 Judy Kling, 605-892-2246


PeeWee and Flag Football Mike Tyndall, 605-569-9313

Belle Fourche Ministerial Association/Compassion Cupboard Del Neumeister, 605-892-3402

Shooting Stars Toastmasters Lonnie Keyser, 605-723-7887

Belle Fourche Northern Lights Lions Club Joyce Drabek, 605-892-4082

South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals Committee 605-892-2306

Belle Fourche Soccer Association Trista Carbajal,

South Dakota Retailers Association 1-800-658-5545 320 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501

Black Hills Buckles & Bows Square Dance Club 605-642-3919



Tri-State Museum Foundation 605-723-1200

Black Hills Area Community Foundation 605-718-0112

VFW 605-892-6047



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community information

Electricity Black Hills Power, 1-800-742-8948 Butte Electric Co-op, 1-800-928-8839 South Dakota ONE Call Call before you dig!, 1-800-781-7474


No matter the season, we remain committed to providing plumbing, heating and cooling solutions that keep you and your family comfortable year-round. New construction, remodeling & service. Residential • Commercial• Industrial

Contact your local dealer for special offers! 605-892-4565 11013 U.S. Highway 212 • Belle Fourche, SD 57717


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Belle Fourche School District 9-1 MISSION STATEMENT

29 North 6th Ave. Belle Fourche 605-723-3379 Pat Deering, Principal Beginning & Dismissal Times: 8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

SOUTH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Elementary Grades K-4 1816 Valley Drive Belle Fourche 605-723-3382 Pat Deering, Principal Beginning & Dismissal Times: 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 Beginning & Dismissal Times: 7:55 a.m. - 3:43 p.m.

Mathew Raba, Principal Beginning & Dismissal Times: 7:50 a.m. - 3:37 p.m. 7 class periods


Elementary Grades K-4

2305 13th Ave. Belle Fourche 605-723-3350

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.



Home of the Belle Fourche Broncs Grades 9-12


2305 13th Ave. Belle Fourche 605-723-3355





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.

Co-Curricular Activities Wrestling, Boys/Girls Golf, Boys/Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Track, Choir, Band/Pep Band, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Fall Musical, Spring Play, One-Act Play, Oral Interpretation

BELLE FOURCHE EDUCATION CONNECTION (Alternative School) 2315 Dakota Ave. Lower Level Belle Fourche 605-723-0955 Mathew Raba, Principal

For more information go to Mailing address: 2305 13th Ave., Belle Fourche, SD 57717



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Michael R. Dana, D.D.S., P.C. Nicole D. Dana, D.D.S. Monique M. Dana, D.D.S. Bradly R. Dana, D.D.S.

Dr. Bradly, Dr. Nicole & Dr. Monique are all Fellows & Masters at the Rocky Mountain Dental Institute in Implants, and Fellows & Masters with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

• Digital & 3D X-Rays • Laser Cavity Detector • Drilless Dentistry

CosmetiC Dentistry • Veneers • Bonding • Tooth Colored Fillings • Tooth Colored Crowns • Braces

• Latest Technology • Minimal Sedation for Anxiety • Hard & Soft Tissue Laser

General Dentistry

• Implants • Fillings • Extractions • 1 Appointment Root Canals • Gum Disease Treatment • Dentures

Reasonable Fees • Most Insurance Accepted • Care Credit Available

A beautiful smile is always in style! 1306 Main Street - Spearfish, SD 605.642.7727 or 888.826.7470 Visit us on the web at


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Belle Fourche churches EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship

Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship

1/2 mile east on Hwy. 34 605-892-3558 Kenny Riley, Pastor


902 Lawrence St. 605-723-6899 Andy Anderson, Pastor


Sunday: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Fellowship/Sunday School

LANDMARK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2.2 miles east on Hwy. 34 605-723-1092

807 8th Ave. 605-892-4178 Tim Smith, Pastor

Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship


5 miles south of Belle Fourche on Hwy 85 605-642-7167 Jerry Savage, Minister


Sunday: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 1105 Todd St. 605-892-3700 Derrick Jones, Bishop

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Class Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship

717 Jackson St. 605-892-3402 Del Neumeister, Pastor

Sunday: 9 a.m. Sacrament Meeting 10 a.m. Sunday School


613 6th Ave. 605-210-2150

806 6th Ave. 605-892-2446 The Rev. Evelyn Weaver The Rev. Sandy Williams

601 Day St., 605-630-9567 Andrew Kalnbach, Pastor

Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Worship

Sunday: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

ST. PAUL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 855 5th Ave. 605-723-3226 Msgr. Michael Woster, Pastor Father Tyler Dennis, Associate Pastor Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Mass 5 p.m. Spanish Mass every 2nd Sunday

SUMMIT OPEN BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 7th & Summit 605-892-4389 Pastor Rick & Diane Brennan

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1804 7th Ave. 605-892-2405 Robert Duemig Pastor

Sunday: 10am Worship

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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• New Equipment • Large Capacity Machines • Solar Powered Dryers • On Demand Hot Water • Soft Water

Saturday: 5 p.m. Worship Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Worship

Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Kids’ Church


Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Summer Worship


1100 Stanley St. 605-723-3923 Jeff M. Otterman, Pastor

23 5th Ave. 605-892-4820


2020 Vista St. 605-892-4767 Paul Howard, Senior Pastor Clay Conry, Youth Pastor


902 Lawrence St. Belle Fourche, SD 57717 To know Jesus Christ, to grow in Christ, and to make Him known to all people.

Pastor Andy Anderson 605-644-6457

• 2 Bill Changers & ATM • Vending • Air Conditioned • Parking Front & Rear • Safe • Open 24 hours!



Belle Laundromat

710 8th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD

Everyone is Welcome!


Belle Laundry & Dry Cleaning 711 State Street, Belle Fourche, SD



Wednesday Prayer Group 6:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. • Worship 10:00 a.m.

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Color this Cowboy!

Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 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) DOWN 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

Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes

Can you spot all six differences between these two scenes? 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. Shortcuts® by Jeff Harris


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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.

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Black Hills Attractions

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Spearfish Canyon......................... 15 Devils Tower................................. 72 Mt. Rushmore.............................. 83 Crazy Horse................................ 117


Custer State Park........................ 112

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Black Hills National Forest........... 20 to Spearfish


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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2511 5th Ave. 605-892-4430 610 5th Ave. 605-892-4298

518 National St. 605-892-3012 4




208 Pine St. 605-723-7222







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in Big D Truck Stop 2406 5th Ave. 605-892-2411 1819 5th Ave. 605-892-2671

Take-N-Bake 2398 5th Ave. 605-723-7547

NEW CHINA GARDEN 614 5th Ave. 605-892-3888

108765 US Hwy 85 605-720-2946


MULLIGANS South Hwy 85 605-892-3472




1405 5th Ave. 605-723-0099

2504 5th Ave. 605-892-6170

16 North 5th Ave. 605-892-2270 9




818 5th Ave. 605-723-9521 16






1400 Mill St. 605-892-4020 1401 Mill St. 605-892-6436

710 State St. 605-723-0760

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ACE MOTEL 109 6th Ave. 605-892-2265






BUNKHOUSE MOTEL & GIFT SHOPPE 2519 5th Ave. 605-892-2634

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3 Miles W US Hwy. 34 605-892-2660


19022 US Hwy. 85 605-892-2508



501 National St. 605-892-3361





Hwy 212 to Fisherman’s Rd. 605-641-0023 1-800-710-CAMP

1815 5th Ave. 605-892-6663


922 Harding St. 605-892-2521



418 9th Ave. 605-892-6446


19314 Helmer Rd. 605-484-9774 D


17816 Prairie Winds Ln. J 605-892-6961

AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES 2312 Dakota Ave. 605-892-0900



WYATT’S HIDEAWAY CAMPGROUND 11144 SD Hwy. 34 605-892-0600

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