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rich history&hometown feel When visitors arrive in Belle Fourche, they are welcomed with open arms and invited to immerse themselves in the cowboy lore and all of the Wild West history area residents have come to embrace. This gateway to the Northern Hills has so much to offer, while still providing a hometown atmosphere and an enriching way of life. Whether it’s taking in a rodeo, perusing a museum, shopping at all of the unique downtown shops, or enjoying a nice meal — there is truly something for everyone. Belle Fourche, which translates from French into “beautiful fork” is nestled between the Redwater and Belle Fourche rivers and surrounded by Hay Creek. One of its claims to fame is the Black Hills Roundup, one of the oldest outdoor rodeos in the country, celebrating its 101st anniversary. Known as the greatest show on dirt, the rodeo started 1918 and decades later the event still draws thousands of visitors to the community every year surrounding the Fourth of July. The other is the fact that Belle Fourche

is truly the geographical center of the nation, wand a beautiful monument was constructed at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center to highlight the fact and provide an experience for visitors. The breadth of history that Belle Fourche is known for, is something to experience. It all began when some of the area’s first settlers found the area to be profitable in the fur trade, and soon it became a rendezvous point. Then, during the Black Hills gold rush in 1876 treasure seekers

quickly realized that the fertile valleys around Belle Fourche provided land for farmers and ranchers to prosper. When the cattle business picked up across the United States, a stage line was constructed between Medora, N.D., and Deadwood in 1884 and a weigh station was built on a ranch owned by Sol Star and Seth Bullock. A few years later, news of a possible freight stop in the area and in 1890 a railroad terminal was built where the Belle Fourche Livestock Auction sits today.

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South Dakota sits front and center in the United States, geographically, and Belle Fourche holds the distinction as being the center of the nation since it is the closest community to the geographic point. The geographical center of the landmass of the United States moved on Aug. 21, 1959, the day that Hawaii became the 50th state, and on Aug. 21, 2007, the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce and the Center of the Nation Planning Committee marked the spot by dedicating a new monument next to the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. Made from South Dakota granite, the 21by-40 foot compass rose marks Belle Fourche as the geographic center of the nation, with a 12-inch bronze marker from the National Geodetic Survey verifying the location.

“We work hard to make sure all our visitors have an enjoyable and memorable experience while they are here,” Kristi Thielen, the director of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, said. “We maintain gardens and container plantings and have a newly refurbished fountain to make the exterior of the facility look attractive. Our visitor information is always kept up to date and we have a touchscreen with visitor info, as well. And we always have interesting discovery boxes and activity tables for children and families.” The monument was designed by local artist and musician Monte Amende and constructed by local contractors. The monument was unveiled and officially dedicated in the summer of 2009.

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Amende wrote the following in a brief article about the monument: Located at latitude 44 degrees 58’N, longitude 103 degrees 46’ W, which is approximately 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, the center of the nation is actually in the middle of private property. While visitors can visit the flagpole located there, the landowner does not want to develop the property, so the monument is located in Belle Fourche. The monument features an engraved courtyard, picnic area, and the trailhead for the Belle Fourche River Walk, which also sports a 9-hole disc golf course. An avenue of flags rims the monument, featuring all 50 state To drive to the actual flags — arranged in Geographic center of the order the states The nation (50 States): joined the union — as • From the intersection of well as the national Hwy. 85 and 212, drive flags of the United 13 miles north on Hwy 85. States and Canada. • Turn left onto Old Hwy 8 and In 2019, drive 7.8 miles, until you see approximately 19,254 a barn on your left hand side. people visited the • On the right side of the monument and road you will see a US flag museum, which flying freely in the pasture. represents a 4 percent At this location you will see increase in visitors the survey marker in the over 2018. ground highlighting the

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The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is certainly a must see for anyone visiting or relocating to Belle Fourche. Since 1955, the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center 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 tri-state region.

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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 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche. 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 Companies.” At one time Belle Fourche was the largest shipping point of range cattle in the world. Many of the cowboys of the area rode with Seth Bullock’s cowboys to the 1905 inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt. The Black Hills Roundup and Rodeo, now in its 101st year, plays a large part in the history of this area. The Roundup began in 1918 as a benefit for the Red Cross during World War I, bringing $20,000 for the war

effort. During the Roundup rodeo, the challenge of riding Tipperary, the legendary bucking horse, set the momentum, and the rodeo became an annual Fourth of July celebration, which continues to this day, attracting overflow crowds from around the world. In the museum, visitors will find the story of the Great Butte County Bank Robbery featuring the Sundance Kid and the Hole-in-theWall Gang. A military section with uniforms and memorabilia from the Civil War through the Vietnam War includes the story of Don Smith, a local hero who was part of the Doolittle Raiders during World War II. Guns, local industry, a pioneer home complete with fashions and furnishings, a mercantile, and the history of the railroad round out the main collections of the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center. Located next to the museum is the “Buckskin” Johnny Spaulding Cabin. Spaulding was an avid hunter, scout, and guide. The two-story cabin, which originally stood at the lower Redwater River just south of Belle Fourche, was built from hand-hewn logs hauled from the surrounding hills. After building the cabin, Spaulding invited his sister, brother-in-law, and their six children to move to the area. For two years they lived together in his cabin, now equipped with furnishings and artifacts that reveal insights into the modest lifestyles of the era.

In 1960, the W.A. Helmer family donated the cabin to the museum, and the Belle Fourche Lions Club provided renovations. In 2006, it was moved to its present location near the banks of the Belle Fourche River and steps away from the Center of the Nation Monument. Museum and Visitor Center Director Kristi Thielen said that visitors often say that the Johnny Spaulding Cabin is the highlight of their stop in Belle Fourche. “It has a charm that’s especially unique and the story of Buckskin Johnny and the girl he left behind is a touching one. Tourists — especially those from outside the western states — really respond to it,” Thielen said. All mini-exhibits, temporary exhibits, First Saturday Brunches, Family Fun Days, summer classes, and Tri-State Performer productions for the year have been planned and information about them is available online at thetristatemuseum.com. The museum has also expanded its Discovery boxes for families to explore — adding boxes on sunflowers and the Native Americans of South Dakota. For children, the campus continues to offer a dress-up trunk, a western activity table, and have added a kids’ table to each of its temporary exhibits. Programming has expanded to include three museum productions in 2020 by the new Tri-State Performers. For more information, visit the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 415 Fifth Ave., in Belle Fourche or call (605) 723-1200.

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Now you can get a collectible penny token during your visit to the western town of Belle Fourche — and they’re available exclusively at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, 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, the 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 www.pennycollector.com. 2020 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 9

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Chytka’s bronze sculptures exhibit rodeo legends of the past Some of the best rodeo performers in the annals of Belle Fourche history have been immortalized in bronze by sculptor Tony Chytka, allowing visitors to downtown Belle Fourche a chance to see the town’s “Lasting Legacies” while simultaneously gazing into the region’s Old West past. Sculptor T.R. “Tony” Chytka is a rural South Dakota native, a rancher, and a former champion bull rider whose art reflects his own life experience. A Chytka bronze is an entirely hand-made piece — from the clay model, to the bronze final castings and patina work — Chytka molds and creates the entire package. Visitors coming from the south on Highway 85 will receive a welcoming site in Chytka’s tall figure of a cowboy “breakin’ his bronc,” located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and National Street. The sculpture is six-feet tall, composed of bronze, and has come to be known as one of the “Lasting Legacies” that embody the heritage of

this Western town. This salutary cowboy embodies the stamina of the original wrangler as he prepares his horse for adventures out on the prairie. The horse, known as Tipperary, is a legend himself. He’s credited with dumping more than 80 riders before famous rodeo rider, actor, and stuntman Yakima Canutt tackled the first successful ride on the bronc in 1920. Canutt rode the horse a second time at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche in 1921. Another figure stands on the corner of State Street and 5th Avenue, where Chytka has sculpted modern-day buffalo trainer and Belle Fourche native Jerry Wayne Olson sitting on his buffalo, Chief. Olson has performed for many years as an equine entertainer at rodeos and western events across the nation — but he’s also known for his time with that buffalo, Chief, and has even been known to ride on the back of the giant animal. He is the third generation of a family of rodeo entertainers, with one of the most amazing trick roping

and horse shows in the area. Walk several blocks down State Street and see a pair of famous brothers — the Garrett brothers are top professional rodeo contestants who hail from the Belle Fourche area. The likeness of Marvin Garrett is found on the northwest side of the corner of State Street and 6th Avenue, while Mark Garrett is on the southeast corner of the same intersection. Marvin was a four-time National Finals World Bareback champion and has been inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Mark was National Finals World Bareback Champion in 1996. Numerous other statues can be found along the River Walk and at the Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center, including The Peace Memorial statue and the Overpeck Family Memorial statue. These sculptures of Belle Fourche’s own legends serve as a nod to the “Lasting Legacies” that comprise so much of this town’s storied past. 2020 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 13

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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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p re s i de n t wo o d row w i l s on 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 during the first Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche. The president replied, “I appreciate your telegram and admire the work for the Red Cross…thanks for thinking of me, but I have no means to care for such a lamb.”

The 1972 Western Classic, “The Cowboys,” is a cowboy tale of a 400-mile cattle drive to Belle Fourche, led by John Wayne as “Wil Andersen.” Three of the film’s stars — Al Barker, Norman Howell, and Mike Pyeatt, who played “Fats,” “Weedy,” and “Homer,” respectively — visited Belle Fourche to check out the town of the movie’s plot. The actors said they were impressed with the community, the people, and the hospitality.

wo m en ’s hats A local milliner — or, women’s hat maker — gave the girls at the brothels first choice of hats crafted. 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 as a brothel worker.

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Rejected by military horse buyers during World War I for bucking off every rider, the colt was won in a poker game by a saloonkeeper, who then bet a local bronc rider $500 that the horse couldn’t be ridden. When the cowboy was indeed bucked off, he sat in the dust singing, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” Tipperary began a career that lasted until 1928, dumping 80 riders before Yakima Canutt made the first qualifying ride in 1920. The following year, Canutt rode the horse for the second and last time, in Belle Fourche. Tipperary was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.

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In 1903, Calamity Jane returned to the Black Hills, where she was employed by her friend Dora DuFran — one of the leading, most successful madams in the Old West. Jane earned her keep as the Belle Fourche brothel’s laundress and cook until her death on Aug. 2.

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.

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c a p t. don s m i t h Lt. Don Smith, Belle Fourche High School Class of ’36, USAA Corps, piloted a plane off the aircraft carrier Hornet as part of the Doolittle Raid in April 1942, and crash landed off the coast of China. He was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Military Order of China by Madame Chiang Kaishek, and earned the rank of captain. He was also honored by his hometown of Belle Fourche at the 1942 Black Hills Roundup. Capt. Smith was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012.


b u t te c ou n t y b a n k rob b e r y keep in g the cowboys in town when they came to ship livestock

The cowboys wanted gambling, drink, dance, and girls. The merchants of Belle Fourche, like Madame Dora DuFran, saw to it that the cowboys’ wants were met, lest they take their money to Deadwood.

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.

p o ta to cre e k johnny 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 divorced after nearly 20 years. Mollie died in Belle Fourche in 1944, and is buried in Pine Slope Cemetery.

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River Walk leads visitors on city park tour Visitors to Belle Fourche can get out, bask in the weather, and enjoy scenery along the River Walk, a five-mile paved path that highlights the outdoor beauty of the city and the forked rivers that Belle Fourche was named after. A project that began more than 20 years ago, the River Walk has been gradually constructed during the past decade. It features a pedestrian/ bike path section and an adjoining sidewalk and urban street section that intersect, converge, and wind through the city. Sections of the River Walk wind along the banks of both the Redwater River and Hay Creek, and there are several resting points along the River Walk’s way, including benches, water fountains, and restroom facilities. The River Walk is fully signed with large maps posted along the route that point out the various parks and attractions. There is a picnic area near of the Center of the Nation Avenue of Flags, a nine-hole disc golf course just west of the Tri-State Museum,

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an ice skating rink adjacent to Weyler Park, and a loop section around Herrmann Park. “We like to think we have some pretty nice parks here,” said Public Works Director Dirk Hoffmann. “We have an excellent parks supervisor. He and his staff do a great job maintaining all of our city parks.” Jones Park receives considerable walking traffic, and the basketball and tennis courts make it a common target for younger crowds in the community. Herrmann Park is best for family gatherings and the like, with its picnic areas, band shelter and open, manicured lawns that sit underneath abundant giant Cottonwood trees. In 2015, the River Walk was extended about 750 feet under U.S. Highway 85 at Hay Creek and stretched to Pine Street. That extension provides a safe crossing of Highway 85 for users of the bike path. The city plans to open a splash pad this summer in Jones Park on 11th Avenue.

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The thousands of acres of ranchland around Belle Fourche are not only home to ranchers’ cattle and sheep, but they are also home to a diverse crop of wildlife and prime hunting area. From whitetails and mule deer to upland game and antelope, hunters have plenty of animals to pursue. Rebounding numbers of antelope are offering hunters more opportunities. Each year, when the West River deer season opens — traditionally in mid-November — hunters head to the nearby ranches and walk-in areas in hopes of taking one of the large mulies or whitetails that feed in the alfalfa fields or sagebrush draws. In 2008, the No. 8 ranked mule deer was killed just north of Butte County, and in late 2015, one of the largest deer bagged with a muzzleloader in the state

was killed in Harding County. While the majority of hunters chasing deer around Butte County are seeking a large mule deer, the whitetail population is still high and large bucks can be frequently found. While South Dakota’s central and eastern counties are home to massive pheasant populations, a hearty population of pheasants call Butte County home. The birds can be found in the same type of areas as they would in prime pheasant habitat — near corn, in cattails, in tree rows, and in alfalfa fields. Sharptail grouse can also be hunted. Large turkey populations also give hunters a chance at providing the bird for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. At many of the area lakes and stock ponds waterfowl can be abundant. The numbers of

birds are not nearly what hunters can find along the Missouri River or in the eastern part of the state, but success can be found especially in creeks that remain open long after the flat water freezes over. Belle Fourche is home to one of the largest bodies of water in the state — the Belle Fourche Reservoir. Fishermen use the shores, their boats, and the ice to bring home their daily catch of walleye and other fish. When the walleye spawn, the dam becomes alive with fishermen trying to catch the big one. Catfish and bass can also be found in the large body of water that has filled to near capacity in recent years after nearly a decade of drought. Other nearby lakes and ponds, in addition to the Redwater River, are home to prime fishing as well. 2020 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 21

hide &seek:

Geocache in and around Belle Fourche

Geocaches can be found all over the world; Belle Fourche features 30 of them within 10 miles of the city, and 206 within 20 miles. Whether it’s Herrmann Park or along the banks of the Redwater River, geocaches are hidden throughout the area and range from beginner to advanced. The most common way to secure the coordinates for caches in the area is to go to geocaching.com, search the site, and find out where you’d like to go. Securing a membership is easy — once you are logged on, choose a user name, a password, and enter 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 a state.

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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 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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G at e way t o

t h e


Black Hills The area now known as Belle Fourche was inhabited long before a name or township was ever established. The name Belle Fourche (pronounced Bell Foosh) came when France held the claim on the area, and French explorers found the meeting point between the Redwater River and Hay Creek — Belle Fourche translates to “beautiful fork.” 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

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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 Railroads, 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. Though

Sol Star and Seth Bullock at the Belle Fourche River

the town of Minnesela, near Belle Fourche and more developed at the time, was the favored choice of location by the railroad, a spectator purchased Minnesela’s right-ofway and demanded a high price for the land the railroad wanted. Seth Bullock, having acquired land along the Belle Fourche River since his arrival in Deadwood in 1876, appraised the situation and decided to offer the railroad free right-of-way across his land, in addition to offering to build a terminal if the railroad would locate it on his land. His business partner, Sol Star, sent word to the railroad that he would not approve any deal Bullock promised unless the railroad also built into Deadwood. The railroad officials recognized a deal when they saw one and agreed to the terms. Following the agreement, the railroad terminal was built in 1890, where the present Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange sits. Seth Bullock supposedly requested the town name after the last rail was hammered into place.

The town was born, lots were sold, and the first train-load of cattle departed from Belle Fourche in 1890. Free lots in town were offered to businesses moving from Minnesela, and while there was some bad feeling in the past between the two, many businesses did move to the thriving town. The early days of Belle Fourche revolved around the cattle business, and known as a “cow town,” Belle Fourche catered to cowboys and cattlemen. The town’s original main street, nicknamed Saloon Street —now Fifth Avenue quickly filled with businesses which included several saloons, restaurants, clothing and grocery stores, a hotel, and Star and Bullock’s hardware and furniture store. After losing the railroad depot, the community of Minnesela also lost the Butte County seat to Belle Fourche. In 1894, an election was held and, supposedly, hundreds of voters were “imported” to ensure the outcome in Belle Fourche’s favor. Seth Bullock once again intervened on behalf of Belle Fourche, raising $2,000 to build a two-story building for a courthouse once the county seat transferred. In 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’s 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. When a fire in 1895 destroyed most of the business district, it was almost completely rebuilt within three months. Many structures were moved from Minnesela; unfortunately, without a railroad, the town slowly diminished and is now considered a ghost town. However, many of the buildings in Belle Fourche’s present downtown business district remain from the rebuilding after the fire in 1895. Belle Fourche made headlines again in 1897, when a member of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang — the Sundance Kid — attempted to rob the Butte County Bank. Belle Fourche is also home to one of the oldest outdoor rodeos — the Black Hills Roundup, which started in 1918. Originally

raising funds for the Red Cross during World War I and named the “Tri-State Roundup,” the Black Hills Roundup drew 15,000 spectators to Belle Fourche its first year, even though the population of the town at that time was under 1,500 and there were no roads, and few cars to speak of in the area. The Roundup started on the Fourth of July and raised nearly $20,000 for the war effort. Though the war ended the year after, the popularity of the rodeo made it an annual event that continues each July. Belle Fourche continues to serve as a large trade area for wool, cattle, and bentonite industries which have been instrumental in the growth of the town. Serving as the “Gateway to the Northern Black Hills,” Belle Fourche describes the intersection of waterways, the intersection of history, of commerce, and of community — which makes it a mark on the area, and on the state.

Photos courtesy tri-state museum & Visitor Center

Mark Watson/Black Hills Pioneer

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Belle Fourche owes its start to the


In 1890, the railroad had been built west to a point that is now Belle Fourche. On Sept. 16 of that year, the first load of cattle was shipped by railcar to eastern states. Over the next two months nearly 1,300 railcars of cattle were transported to markets. The first rail station in the cowtown was completed in December 1890. The success of the railroad then brought about the platting of Belle Fourche in the spring of 1891 and land parcels were sold

starting in June of that year. The railroad made it possible for the region’s agricultural industry to have easy access to a highly efficient means of delivery for its products to market. In 1892, nearly 4,000 railcars of cattle were being shipped from Belle Fourche. By 1895, that number had soared to 2,500 railcars of cattle per month, making Belle Fourche the largest shipper of cattle in the world.

Over the decades the railroad has shipped numerous agricultural commodities from Belle Fourche including wool, grain, flour and numerous other items for the industry. The rails now reach to Colony, Wyo., where the railcars carry bentonite, a mined substance used in a wide variety of products from kitty litter to cosmetics. Today, the railroad in Belle Fourche is seeing a modern boom thanks to the oil fields in North Dakota. A new industrial rail park opened in the city in 2013 and has been steadily expanding since. High-density polyethylene pipe manufacturer Permian Tank and Manufacturing Inc. opened a facility in the industrial rail park in 2013 and expanded in 2015 to accommodate increased demand. In 2016, the addition of a half-mile-long siding track at the industrial rail park is making it easier for businesses to load and unload products including a new switch which will allow for additional track construction in the future, should additional businesses come in with rail access needs.

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Bel l e Fou rc h e:


building community

economic development

together Community development, building relationships, and nurturing partnerships with both new and expanding businesses are the driving forces behind what the Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC) is accomplishing in 2020. The Belle Fourche Industrial and Rail Park was completed in September 2013. The addition of over 2,600 feet of track siding for offloading in 2016 expanded the park’s capabilities. A base of rail business is established and growing. “Working with our current rail customers and our prospects to further develop rail business and industry for Belle Fourche and the region is a top priority,” said Hollie Stalder, executive director of Belle Fourche Development Corporation. “Local and out of area customers utilizing the rail siding will see improved access and further development in 2020.” As this is the only rail site of its kind in western South Dakota with a site-ready industrial park, the economic impact is significant. With on- and off-loading opportunities for customers, transport savings can be realized immediately. The development of rail facilities of its kind also helps to remove some burden from the highway and interstate system, as one rail car can carry goods equal to three to five semi truckloads.  “Belle Fourche is a community with strong leadership and alliances to help make the development process seamless,” Stalder said. “BFDC, the city, the county, the school, and business leaders within, help lead the way and tie it all together. An important component of what economic development is focused on is aligning with companies to build community.“ Over the past five years, more than 55 businesses either relocated to Belle Fourche or completed an expansion of their existing one. “We are so pleased with the positive growth,” said Stalder. “Here in Belle, we work closely with the school for work force development,” Stalder said. “Now that the Career and Technical Education Center

Lacey Peterson/Black Hills Pioneer

is built, we are amping up ways we can help the students to partner with employers in the region and take up those opportunities.” The Belle Fourche School District broke ground on the 21,000-square-foot property to the north of the Belle Fourche High School in the fall of 2017. The grand opening was held in September of 2018. The building serves local needs for educating high school students in numerous industries including welding, family and consumer science, accounting, hospitality, and agriculture, and includes an area for an expanded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum. The new building offers high school students who elect to take CTE courses better opportunities to do so, in a more modern facility. Businesses considering Belle Fourche for relocation can capitalize on a number of items. “We are the center of the nation, and the crossroads that are part of that,” Stalder said. “Highway 85 experiences over 14,000 vehicles a day through the main corridor of town between Highway 34 on the south end and 212 on the north end — making connections in any direction very accessible. Our close proximity to Interstate 90 and the Bakken oilfield activity within 100 miles north of us, adds to the appeal.” Stalder said the development corporation’s emphasis on housing initiatives is producing steady results. BFDC formed a partnership with NeighborWorks Dakota Homes Resources in the fall of 2014, which is focused on assisting those

working in Belle Fourche to be able to consider home ownership. In the past four years, the partnered organizations helped more than 98 community members either move toward home ownership or to reinvest in their homes. The 13 member inaugural Leadership Belle Fourche class, inducted fall 2017 and established by BFDC and the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, was designed to help develop leaders for Belle Fourche. The effort has produced a second and third year class, who are eager to help their community. Eighty percent of the first class are serving in key leadership roles, from city council to economic development and chamber boards, as well as other organizations in the community. Several have joined teams identifying key areas for community development, and are working to accomplish them. Stalder said that during the nine-month class, students would enhance leadership skills, broaden community awareness, develop an understanding of servant leadership, learn about diversity, become part of a team, and determine ways they might give back to Belle Fourche. “They just have great energy and good drive for the community,” Stalder said. “Community development is broad,” Stalder said. “And it does encompass a lot, so the things that we’re working on, we see as being an important part of how Belle Fourche either goes forward or doesn’t. And I think we’re on the right path.”

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agriculture a mainstay of

butte County Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry and in Butte County, it’s a way of life. “It’s handed down from generation to generation around here,” said TJ Swan, formerly with the Butte County Cooperative Extension Service. “If you’ve got the land to do it and the gumption to fight the markets, it’s just what you do.” “South Dakota has always been and will continue to be an agricultural state,” said Bill Evan, with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. He noted that the economic impact of agriculture in South Dakota exceeds $20.9 billion and employs more than 173,000 people, directly and indirectly. According to an agricultural census, there are a total of 659 farms in Butte County, making up a total of approximately 1.2 million acres. Of that, a total amount of 163,375 acres is used for cropland. The largest agriculture operations are

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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.

Belle Fourche Livestock Auction

a staple for cattle community During the busy months, the Belle Fourche Livestock Auction is bustling with buyers and sellers. People travel from Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and throughout South Dakota to buy and trade cattle. The Belle Fourche Livestock Auction was originally built in 1935, with a rich history and a staple for economic development in Butte County. The stockyards exist because one man had a vision of building a town around a railroad. Though the train system is no longer utilized to transport the cattle, the location of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad was the reason it exists. According to history records, the valley that Belle Fourche lies in was first settled in 1876 after gold was discovered in the Black Hills. Shortly thereafter, Seth Bullock came to the Black Hills and settled around the Belle Fourche River. Bullock, a frontier marshal and rancher, offered a free right of way and offered to build the terminal to the proposed railroad company looking to build a new rail system through the Black Hills. That location at the Old Middle Creek shipping yards is where the present day Belle Fourche Livestock Auction sits. By 1895, Belle Fourche was shipping 2,500 carloads of cattle east every month during the busy seasons, making it the world’s largest livestock shipping point at that time. Most of the cattle were shipped to markets in Chicago, Ill. and Omaha, Neb. Transporting the cattle became a lot easier and less expensive, therefore making the location perfect to create weekly markets for stock.




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Started in 1918 as the “Tri-State Rouundup” to raise funds for the Red Cross during World War I, the Black Hills Roundup drew 15,000 spectators to Belle Fourche its first year — ­­ an incredible number, as the population of the town was under 1,500, with 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 fundraiser was the “German Kaiser Bill Coffin Scene,” where a person paid 25 cents to hammer a nail 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. 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 participate. The feature of the first Roundup was the appearance of Tipperary, the famous Harding County bucking horse. Thirteen years old and over 1,000 pounds, Tipperary drew a huge crowd, and though the crowd saw Sam Brownell of Cheyenne, Wyo., finish his ride, a technical error disqualified him. He switched hands in the middle of his ride, and though the judges did not see it, he admitted his mistake and Tipperary remained a “one man” bronc.

Roundups through the 20s consisted of whatever the organizing group at the time decided to do, as there was no standard for a rodeo. Many events at the early Roundups were organized by the Bit and Spur Saddle Club, which added to the entertainment and fun of the rodeo atmosphere. The Hide Race consisted of a rider racing across the arena pulling a cowhide behind his horse to where his partner waited to jump onto the hide for the ride back across the arena. The rodeo events were canceled in 1929 because of the mud in the arena, and an early newspaper clipping tells of what replaced the events: “a burlesque show was put on for two or three hours …” Outdoor rodeos today are rarely, if ever, stopped due to weather, and there is plenty of evidence of mud on many horses and competitors throughout 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 Roundup events. In the 40s, a buffalo hunt would be staged — actors dressed in Native American garb to chase the buffalo through the arena. In more recent years there have been trick acts, with buffalo performing a variety of feats. Chariot racing became a favorite in the 50s and 60s, where a twowheeled cart pulled by one horse held a racer, and many contestants readied their horses for this event as they traveled. The horse would pull the family and rodeo supplies to Belle

Fourche in true practical training, and later race against one another with much lighter loads. The formation of the PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association) standardized seven events for the Roundup: bareback riding, tiedown roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. Additionally, steer roping will be held. In 2019, the Roundup celebrated its centennial. “Very few PRCA rodeos can say that,” said then Black Hills Roundup Committee Chairman, Clay Crago. “To carry on the rodeo and the cowboy tradition for 100 years is just phenomenal.” For the past two years, the Roundup has gained top honors by the PRCA, winning Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Its committee also earned induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and the facility was named WPRA Badlands Circuit Ground of the Year in 2018.

Black Hills Pioneer File Photos

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March 7............. First Saturday Brunch, “Tipi Rings” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

12........... BF Chamber Annual Meeting 5:30 pm, Community Hall

13–14..... Belle Fourche Middle School Play 7 pm, BFACC Theatre

14........... Belle Fourche Market Days 15........... Family Fun Day, “Clocks and Time” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

16........... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 21........... 8th Annual BFACC Wellness Fair 8 am, Belle Fourche Area Community Center

28........... Belle Fourche High School Prom 29........... BF Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Moose Lodge

April 3............. “Ball in the House” CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC

4............. First Saturday Brunch, “If We Have to Grow Up, it Might as Well be in a Small Town” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

4............. Purple Pride 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament 8 am, BFACC & Belle Fourche Schools

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



2............. First Saturday Brunch, “The Fabulous Feedsack Era” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

2–3..........43rd Annual Center of the Nation Walleye Tournament

10–11...... Belle Fourche Chamber Market Days

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17–18......Tri-State Performers, “Mrs. Beasley’s Wildlife Adventure”

7................Belle Fourche Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert

7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

18........... Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Banquet 5 pm, Community Hall

19........... Family Fun Day, “Puppets” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

24–25.... BFHS Spring Musical 7pm BFACC Theatre

26........... BFHS Spring Musical 2 pm BFACC Theatre

6:30 pm, BFACC

8–9......... Belle Fourche Market Days 11........... Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC 12............Belle Fourche Middle School 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Choir Concert 6 pm, BFACC 14........... “Beginnings” CON Concert Association, 7:30 pm, BFACC

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

Schedule subject to change. Check out www.bellefourchechamber.org for additional events, revisions, and more information. More events dates on pages 8, 11, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, & 44

22............Belle Fourche High School Graduation 10 am, Belle Fourche High School

25........... Memorial Day TBD........ BFACC Track & Field Meet BFACC

Thursday, June 11, 18, & 25 Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Location TBD

6............. First Saturday Brunch, “Outlaws of Wyoming” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

12–13..... Belle Fourche Market Days 20............33rd Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally Herrmann Park

21............Family Fun Day, “Cluck, Cluck, Chickens” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

28............ Chutes for Charity Golf Tournament Belle Fourche Country Club

29........... Miss BH Roundup Queen Contest 9:30 am, Christian Life Center

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

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

30........... BH Roundup 11th Annual Ranch Rodeo 7 pm, Roundup Grounds Concert following the Rodeo

TBD........ River Run on the River Walk BFACC

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August Thursday, August 6, 13, 20, & 27 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Location TBD

7/28 – 8/1........ Butte-Lawrence County Fair Nisland Fairgrounds

1............. First Saturday Brunch, “Feather Fashions to Refuges” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

7–16.........80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally™ 7–8......... Belle Fourche Market Days 14-15...... Sweet Corn Days 16........... Family Fun Day, “Solar Systems” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

19........... School Resumes, Grades K–12

September Thursday, September 3, 10, 17, & 24 Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Location TBD Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events

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

11–12..... Belle Fourche Market Days 11–13..... Belle Fourche PleinAir Paint Out Black Hills Pioneer File Photos

Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

20........... Family Fun Day, “Weaving” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

July Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Hometown Thursdays 6-9 pm, Downtown Chamber of Commerce Community Farmer’s Market, Location TBD

6/30 101st Annual Black Hills – 7/4........ Roundup & PRCA Rodeo Full schedule & concert announcements at blackhillsroundup.com

1–4........... NorthStar Amusement Carnival Downtown Belle Fourche

1–3......... PRCA Rodeo 7 pm, Roundup Grounds,

2–3......... Fireworks Dusk

4............. Fourth of July Parade 10:30 am, Through Belle Fourche

4............. PRCA Rodeo 3 pm, Roundup Grounds

4............. Street Dance 6 pm – 1 am, Downtown

10–11..... Belle Fourche Market Days 19........... Family Fun Day, “Olympic Games” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

25........... Belle Fourche Homecoming

October Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce Fall Flavors Watch for family fun events

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

10........... Annual Autumn Tea, “Birds & Blooms” TBD, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

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

24........... 4th Annual Pumpkinfeset 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

31........... CONBA Halloween Parade Downtown Belle Fourche

31............. 20th Annual Halloween Spooktacular BFACC

TBD........ Belle Fourche High School Band & Choir Concert 7 pm, BFACC TBD........ 8th Annual Fearless 5k TBD........ Purple Pride Haunted House TBD

November 7............. First Saturday Brunch, “Dr. Townsend & Social Security” 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

13–14..... Belle Fourche Market Days 15........... Family Fun Day, “Pilgrims & Thanksgiving” 2 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

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

27........... CONBA Light Up the Night & Fireworks Downtown Belle Fourche

27–28..... Belle Fourche Chamber Shop Small Downtown Belle Fourche TBD........ Belle Fourche High School Fall Play TBD........ Veterans Day Program Belle Fourche Middle School

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

6-7..........Belle Fourche Community Theatre Christmas Show 7 pm, BFACC 11–12..... Belle Fourche Market Days 18–19.....Tri-State Performers Holiday Play 7 pm, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

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

TBD........ Belle Fourche High School & Middle School Band & Choir Concert TBD........ K-4th Grade Concert TBD........ Festival of Trees First Interstate Bank

TBD.........Belle Fourche Community Theatre Christmas Show BFACC

January 2021 2..............First Saturday Brunch 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

TBD.........8th Annual Resolution Run BFACC

February 2021 6..............First Saturday Brunch 10 am, Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

TBD.........9th Annual Wellness Fair BFACC

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thursdays music 8 weeks

Thursdays, June 11 – July 30 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 11 to July 30. Hometown Thursdays is a community gathering that includes food, vendors, children’s activities, and much more. Hometown Thursdays also offers a new band every week. Many of the live musical acts are comprised of local talent, and span multiple genres — anywhere from rock to country music. All musical entertainment is family friendly.



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 artsrelated entertainment throughout the year in Belle Fourche. c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 3 8

A schedule of bands follows

subject to change

JUNE 11................................. 32 Below JUNE 18........................ Dakota Country JUNE 25...................... My Second Rodeo July 2.................................. Judd Hoos JULY 9.............................. Common L aw JULY 16........................... Whiskey Bent JULY 23 ����������������������������������������� TBA JULY 30.............................. Sl a m aba m a

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Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center theatre troupe

tri-state performers In 2017, the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center introduced the Tri-State Performers — a theater troupe for area students interested in museum theater. The group is slated to perform several productions each year at the Tri-State complex off of Highway 85 in Belle Fourche. Museum theater consists of productions that take place within a museum and specifically relates to the museum’s collections or mission, or to the history, science, and culture of the surrounding area. Productions are not reliant upon lavish costumes, props, or set pieces, and are best performed in intimate settings where actors and audiences are close together.

“Museum theater is a concept that sprang up only in the last decade or so,” Kristi Thielen, the museum’s director who will lead the troupe, said. “The name is something of a misnomer as it is performed not just in museums, but in science centers, planetariums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens around the country.” In 2020, the troupe is slated to perform “Mrs. Beasley’s Wildlife Adventure” on April 17-18; during Pumpkinfest on Oct. 24; and a holiday play Dec. 18-19. For more information about the Tri-State Performers, call the TriState Museum and Visitor Center at (605) 723-1200, or check out the troupe’s Facebook page.

2020 Perfo rm a nce Sched u le T r i -S tat e Pe r f o r m e r s

“ Mrs.

Beasley’s Wildlife Adventure ”

7 p.m. | Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18

Pumpkinfest Play, TBD

During Pumpkinfest | Saturday, Oc tober 24

Holiday Play, TBD

7 p.m. | Friday, December 18 & Saturday, December 19

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Center of the Nation Concert Association


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 www.centerofthenationconcerts.org.

Belle Fourche Community Theatre 2020 Season The overall mission of the community theatre organization is to entertain and inspire the audience and participants alike. A group of hardworking volunteers, all with a diverse range of expertise and creative backgrounds, have been setting the stage for this program since May 2010. After several successful events, the program has developed into a vibrant and productive community organization. For information on upcoming shows and events, visit bellefourcheact.com, or the Belle Fourche Community Theater Facebook page.

Belle Fourche Arts Couuncil


concert series in the park The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band is the oldest, most established local band in the area. It was officially organized in 1931, but its rich history stretches all the way back to the turn of the century. Today, the Belle Fourche Cowboy Band can be seen performing at nearly every single community event throughout the year and is a staple in all of the parades in Belle Fourche. One of their most well known performances occurs during the Black Hills Roundup and Rodeo, held every Fourth of July. They are


also a common sight at the Butte-Lawrence County Fair held July 28 – Aug. 1, and remain a presence at other local events. Dressed in bright red shirts and white cowboy hats, the band’s familiar tunes are the backdrop of presentations all over town that families have enjoyed coming to for decades. The band is made up of a variety of different musicians who come from a variety of backgrounds, and added a brass quintet this past year. For more information on the band, all of their upcoming events, their history and their photo album, visit www.bfcowboyband.com.

During the summer there are free concerts at the band shell in Herrmann Park. All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting. The performance schedule varies year to year — from rock to classical to bluegrass — and all shows are appropriate for children. Bring a lawn chair, your family, and something to drink because this is the best place to be when the sun starts to set after a hot summer day in Belle Fourche. Sponsored by the Belle Fourche Arts Council, this is just one of several activities held during the summertime. A schedule of bands follows

subject to change

JUNE 10, 24, & July 1 � ����������� Cowboy Band July 2............................ Air Force Academy July 8...................... Hill Cit y Slickers Band July 15....................... Van Var agon Societ y July 22....................... Northern Hills Band JULY 29........................ Wayne’s Rhy thm Air

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ALL CAR RALLY The 33rd annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally is set for June 20 in Belle Fourche’s Herrmann Park. The event will feature cars from more than a dozen different categories and over 60 years of auto history. Sam Silacci returns to the driver’s seat as president of the All Car Rally this year. Silacci has been attending the All Car Rally since he first moved to the Hills from Sonoma County, Calif., 20-some years ago. “As a car enthusiast myself I want to keep this tradition going and hopefully bring the younger generation out and get them involved as well,” Silacci said. During the main show ‘n shine event held at Herrmann Park on Saturday, food vendors and games will be available to the public, but the cars — and their owners — are the stars of the show, of course. First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded to show winners in each class, as well as an overall Best of Show trophy and a Longest Distance Traveled trophy. Classes in the Rally include: Pre-1954; 1955-1957; 1958-1963; 1964-1966; 1967-1969; 1970-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-2004; 2005-Current; Pre-1980 Trucks, Vans, SUVs, and Off-Road; 1981-Current Trucks,

Vans, SUVs, and Off-Road; Street Rods; Tuner/Import/Low Rider; Rat Rod/Work in Progress; and Motorcycles. All classes will include both stock and custom vehicles. Silacci said one of his favorite things about the All Car Rally has always been the small town feel of the show. “We’re looking at really expanding to the younger crowd; the tuner and import market is huge. We’re hoping to get more of those people involved in the show and drawing more attention to their stuff,” Silacci said. “Those are the up and coming muscle cars. We’re trying to broaden our horizons.” Registration for the rally runs from 8-10 a.m. on June 20. Pre-registration before June 1st costs $20, and registration after or on the day of the show is $25. For more information on the All Car Rally, go to its Facebook page or call Silacci at (605) 210-2013 and leave a message.

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The Black Hills Roundup Belle Fourche has made a earned its second straight name for itself as a rodeo town. PRCA Medium Outdoor Rodeo Much of that is due to the of the Year honor in 2019. popularity of the historic Black “There are a lot of moving Hills Roundup, an annual parts in the Roundup,” AnderProfessional Rodeo Cowboys son said after the Association rodeo Annual PRCA award winner was that’s been held event among announced. “If here since 1918. The Roundup many on rodeo it wasn’t for the volunteers and will observe its calendar. the sponsors, the 101st anniversary Roundup wouldn’t happen.” starting Tuesday, June 30 and Also in 2019, Powder River ending on Saturday, July 4. Rodeo received the Remuda “It’s the biggest thing that Award that honors the best happens in Belle Fourche,” pens of horses throughout the Black Hills Roundup Commityear. This stock contractor has tee Chairman Keith Anderson worked with the Roundup for said. “It draws people not only about 35 years. from surrounding areas, but Anderson recalled many other countries.” people attended and competed Traditional events domin last year’s Roundup despite inate this year’s schedule. the weather, which included They include four PRCA heavy rains. He said the annual Rodeo performances, the event enjoys a large following. parade, a “Chutes for CharEvents for this year will ity” golf tournament, and a include mutton bustin’, ranch Legends breakfast. rodeo, concerts, steer roping, a Anderson said the Roundup downtown carnival, two nights offers a lot of family fun with of fireworks, and four PRCA the carnival, rodeo, fireworks, rodeo performances. and other activities.

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Black Hills Roundup Committee Chairman Keith Anderson said preparation plans for this year are going well. A street dance is set for July 4. “We try to make it bigger and better every year,” Anderson said now that the Roundup’s second century is well underway. “If you don’t do that, then it kind of grows stagnant and becomes the same thing every year.” He added people lose interest if that happens. The “Chutes for Charity” rodeo performance will take place on Thursday, July 2. “Military and First Responders Appreciation Night” is set for Saturday, July 4. While the rodeo itself is certainly the big draw, there’s enough going on at the Black Hills Roundup to please almost anyone. There are carnival rides, art shows, concerts and much more. The Black Hills Roundup’s fireworks display is among the best in South Dakota, and the Independence Day parade is one of the largest in the state. This year’s fireworks show will take place on two nights, following the PRCA rodeo performances of Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3. A Miss Black Hills Roundup Queen pageant is set for Monday, June 29. Coronation will take place Tuesday, June 30. While the Black Hills Roundup is the biggest rodeo in Belle Fourche, it does not stand alone; Belle Fourche is also home to many other rodeos. The Belle Jackpot Association rodeos take place this year on several Wednesdays in May through August. Dates are May 27; June 3 and 10; and June 15-29, with rain dates of Aug. 5 and 12. This rodeo features roping, goat tying, barrel racing, and pole bending events for contestants of all ages. Check Facebook.com/Belle Jackpot for more information. The Get the Green Slot and 4D Barrel Races offer two days of barrel racing. Dates are Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. Action takes place at the Black Hills Roundup Grounds. Call Lorita Crofford at 645-7592 for more details. The Butte County 4-H Rodeo also calls Belle Fourche home. This rodeo is open to South Dakota 4-H members aged 8 to 18 and features

barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, team roping, ribbon roping, calf riding, senior and junior bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and a pageant called “The Ambassador Contest.” This 4-H rodeo begins with the Ambassador Contest, which then gives way to the main rodeo events. The Butte County 4-H Rodeo is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 12. 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 Golliher Arena Spring Series April 4, 18, 19, 25

Makeup Date: April 26

Finals: May 2

19516 US Hwy. 85, Belle Fourche For more information and the upcoming fall schedule, go to www.zproductions.biz or Golliher Arena on Facebook

Belle Jackpot Association Rodeo May 27; June 3, 10; July 15, 29

Rain Dates: August 5, 12

For more information, visit their Facebook page @BelleJackpot

101st Annual Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo June 30 – July 4 For more information and tickets, contact the Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center at 605-723-2010 or www.blackhillsroundup.com

Butte County 4-H Rodeo July 12 For more information, contact Butte County Extension at 605-892-3371

Get the Green Slot & 4D Barrel Race August 29, 30 For more information, contact Lorita Crofford at 605-645-7592 All rodeos are at the Roundup Grounds unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.

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County Fair

The sounds of “mews,” “baas,” and “moos” can be heard each year in Nisland as the annual Butte-Lawrence County Fair commences at the historic fairgrounds. The fair dates back to the early 1920s. At a meeting held in Nisland on April 5, 1920, a county agriculture fair was proposed. In September 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. Thus, the Butte County Fair was born. The first official fair was held in Nisland Sept. 27-29, 1921. The 50th Butte County Fair was held in 1977, but the Golden Jubilee was Black Hills Pioneer File Photos

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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, 40 years later, the agricultural fair is still a major draw for thousands of local residents and visitors alike. Youth members of 4-H spend the whole year preparing their agricultural exhibits and livestock. Numerous animals file in including beef, sheep, swine, rabbits, goats, bunnies, and chickens for competitive judging. Several buildings on the grounds house 4-H exhibits, as well as the livestock. The Nisland Fairgrounds lie along the Belle Fourche River and include the historic grandstand — which is no longer in use — and the groundskeeper’s house. The Pavilion, built in 1921, is the site of Open Class Exhibits including flowers, quilts, canned goods, and photography. There’s something for everyone at the fair, held this year July 28 through Aug. 1. 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. 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 contests such as “Catch a Sheep,” “Bum Lamb Dress-Up,” “Dress a Rabbit,” and the “Bucket Calf Show,” and many other activities like the talent show, baby contest, and fashion review. For those wishing to camp overnight at the fairgrounds, board members request people call and secure a camping permit prior to the event. There are parking spaces with electricity and tent sites available. To obtain a pass or for more information, call the fair board office at (605) 257-2370 or visit buttesd.org/butte-lawrence-county-fair

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Crossword Puzzle



5. A granite 21-by-40 foot compass rose marks the Center of the ____ Monument. 6. Belle Fourche is French for “Beautiful ____.” 7. The famous bucking horse ridden by only 1 man: 9. Belle Fourche Reservoir is home to this popular fish: 10. The oldest outdoor rodeo, originally started to raise funds during World War I, is the Black Hills ____.









1. Located next to the museum is the “____” Johnny Spaulding Cabin. 2. Belle Fourche is often referred to as the ____ to the Northern Hills. 3. The 1972 Western, “The ____,” starring John Wayne, is a classic tale of a 400 mile cattle drive to Belle Fourche. 4. Belle Fourche was a rendezvous point during the 1800s for ____. 8. Belle Fourche is nestled between the ____ and Belle Fourche Rivers.

8 Differences

Can you spot all 8 differences between these scenes?



Word search

All Car Rally Beautiful Fork Bentonite Broncs Cattle Center of the Nation

Cowboy Band Fair Orman Railroad River Walk

Rodeo Roundup Seth Bullock Sol Star Tipperary Trappers Wool

CROSSWORD PUZZLE ANSWERS: 1. Buckskin; 2. Gateway; 3. Cowboys; 4. Trappers; 5. Nation; 6. Fork; 7. Tipperary; 8. Redwater; 9. Walleye; 10. Roundup

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GAME ANSWERS: 1. Horse’s tongue is sticking out; 2. Pig’s mud puddle is gone; 3. Bull’s nose ring is missing; 4. Cow’s spots are different; 5. Rooster is facing opposite direction; 6. Chimney on house is missing; 7. Puddle behind duck is missing; 8. Turkey’s tail feathers are different colors


belle fourche, south dakota Belle Fourche (“bell–foosh”) | April 20, 1903 Incorpor ated | 57717 Zip Code Butte County Count y Se at | Mountain Time Zone | 3,022 Feet Elevation

Popul ation

Me d i a n Income

5,622 Male



Climate Annual Aver ages

50.1% |


34 H i g h Te m p e r a t u r e 62 P r ec i p i t a t i o n 17.6”/yr

Ed u c at i o n

Belle Fourche School District 9-1 605-723-3355 1 High School (9–12) 1 Middle School (5–8) 2 Elementary Schools (PK–4)

H e a lt h C a r e

Monument Health Belle Fourche Clinic 2200 13th Ave., 605-723-8970 Monument Health Rehabilitation 2200 13th Ave., 605-723-8961 Rolling Hills Healthcare 2200 13th Ave., 605-892-3331 Butte County Health Nurse 2398 5th Ave., Ste. 102 605-892-2523 Belle Fourche Senior Citizens Center 828 Kingsbury St., 605-892-6285


3 banks 2 credit unions

O w n e r Occ u p i e d

L o w Te m p e r a t u r e


Emergency: 911


F eM a l e

H o u s eh o l d s

$ 41,145 |

City of Belle Fourche Airport

10970 Airport Rd...........605-892-6345


/ye ar

Me d i a n Home Value

Me d i a n G r o s s Re n t




N u m be r o f Businesses Source: factfinder.cencus.gov

830 6th........................... 605-892-2737

Engineer Dept.

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


511 6th............................605-892-2494 Fax...................................605-892-2784


Scale House, 183 N. 8th.......................605-892-3530 Baler Building ���������������605-723-0485


516 Faulk........................ 605-892-3414 Fax................................... 605-723-0145

Water Office

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


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


South Dakota ONE Call Call before you dig! 811 in state, 800-781-7474 out of state

Electricity Black Hills Energy, 800-890-5554 Butte Electric Cooperative, 800-928-8839 Water & Sanitation Pick up City of Belle Fourche, 605-892-2494 Refuse Solutions, Inc., 605-723-7723 Natural Gas Co. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., 800-MDU-FAST

Cable/ C o m m u n i c at i o n s Midcontinent Communications, 800-888-1300 Vast Broadband, 888-722-2000 Dish Network – Prime Entertainment Communications, 605-892-4565

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G ov e r n m e n t

City Mayor, 8-Member City Council County 5 Commissioners Belle Fourche Police Dept. Marlyn Pomrenke, Police Chief 1010 8th Ave., 605-892-4240 10 Officers Fred Lamphere, County Sheriff 605-892-3324 4 Deputies

Butte County Offices

Auditor......................... 605-892-4485 Dir. of Equalization..... 605-892-3950 Emergency Management............... 605-723-0900 Extension Office..........605-892-3371 Highway Office........... 605-892-4414 Highway Shop..............605-892-3180 Register of Deeds.........605-892-2912 States Attorney............605-892-3337 Treasurer...................... 605-892-4456 Veterans Services Office............. 605-892-4205

State Offices

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

Clerk of Courts................ 605-892-2516 Highway Shop................. 605-892-2610 DOT Office.................... ��605-892-2872

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


SONA O’CONNELL/Black hills Pioneer

Butte Conservation....... 605-892-3368 Land Management ������ 605-892-7000 FSA Ag Credit Team...... 605-892-3367 S.D. ONE Call................... 800-781-7474 S.D. Licensing................. 800-952-3696 Drivers License Renewals Tuesdays at City Hall ������ 605-892-2008

Department of Natural Resources....... 800-GET-DENR

community facilities Public Library

905 5th Ave., 605-892-4407

Post Office

804 State St., 605-892-2815

Senior Citizen’s Center

828 Kingsbury St., 605-892-6285

Tri-State Museum

415 5th Ave., 605-723-1200

Community Hall

512 6th Ave., 605-892-2676

Dick Bowman Memorial Hall Herrmann Park


Monday – Friday, 7 am – 4 pm Saturday – 8 am – 4 pm (summer) 9 am – 2 pm (winter)

RV Dump Station

In between Tri-State Museum and City Hall


Cemetery Office: 605-892-3735 Pine Slope – Hwy. 34 St. Paul’s – Hwy. 34 Riverside – Sourdough Rd., off E. National St.

Belle Fourche Ministerial Association Compassion Cupboard 522 5th Ave., 605-892-3402 Tuesday, 9 am – noon, Thursday, 2 pm – 6 pm

Recreation Facilities 9 City Parks Roundup Rodeo Arena 2 Tennis Courts Softball/Baseball Fields Soccer Complex Public Ice Skating Rink Skate Park Bike Path Disc Golf Herrmann Park Band Shell Amphitheater

Belle Fourche Area Community Center

1111 National St., 605-892-2467 Swimming Pool, Wading Pool, 2 Water Slides, Conference Room, Walking Track, Weight Room, Cardio Workout Room, 2 Basketball Courts, Racquetball Courts, Gymnasium, Theatre

To reserve a room at BFACC, the BFACC Pool, Community Hall, or Dick Bowman Memorial Hall, call 892-2467, Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm

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organizations & public offices AAU Wrestling aauwrestling.net

Belle Fourche Soccer Association bellefourchesoccer.com

American Legion – Post 32 Mike Reade’, 605-892-5599

Belle Fourche Youth Baseball 605-641-4168, bellefourcheyouthbaseball.com

American Legion Auxiliary Nancy Wallin, 605-641-7043

Belle Fourche Buckles & Bows Square Dance Club 605-642-7462, blackhillsdosido.org

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

Black Hills Area Community Foundation 605-718-0112, bhacf.com

Badlands Early Head Start 605-723-8837, badlandshs.org

Boy Scouts – Troop 252 Alan Schreier, 605-892-2051scouting.org

Belle Fourche Arts Council Louise Reade’, 605-892-5600

Butte-Lawrence County 4-H Betsy Burtzlaff, 605-892-3371

Belle Fourche Cardinals Youth Football bellefourchecardinals@gmail.com

Butte County Historical Society Eleanor Marousek, 605-892-2507

Belle Fourche Cowboy Band Tim Speidel, 605-892-2930 bfcowboyband.com

Butte-Lawrence County Fair Board 605-892-3371

Belle Fourche Girls’ Softball Association bfgirlssoftball@gmail.com Belle Fourche Lion’s Club Rick Walton, 605-645-2636 bellefourchelions.org Belle Fourche Compassion Cupboard Del Neumeister, 605-892-3402 or contact any local church pastor Belle Fourche Northern Lights Lions Club Joyce Drabek, 605-892-4082

Center of the Nation All Car Rally Sam Silacci, 605-210-2013 Center of the Nation Business Association Stacey Raisanen, 605-892-0900 Center of the Nation Concert Association Larry Klipp, 605-892-2505 Tickets: con-concerts.blogspot.com Center of the Nation Sportsman’s Club Rick Walton, 605-645-2636 consportsmansclub@gmail.com

Sources used for demographics and climate information on page 46: United States Census Bureau South Dakota Dashboard/ Black Hills Knowledge Network National Centers for Environmental Information

Department of Social Services 605-892-2731 or 877-390-0093 dss.sd.gov Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 118 Rik Bartels, 605-645-9242 Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons 800-666-2141, gsdakotahorizons.org Loyal Order of Moose 605-892-3121 NAJA Shriners 605-342-3402, najashriners.com 4091 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City Mount Rushmore Area Association of Realtors ® Brandy Purcell, 605-722-0181 1230 North Ave. Ste #1, Spearfish mountrushmoremls.com Northern Hills Area United Way 605-343-5872, unitedwayblackhills.org Parents Who Care Kelly Keegan, 605-210-2514 South Dakota High School Rodeo sdhsra.com South Dakota Retailers Association 800-658-5545, sdra.org 320 E. Capitol, Pierre Tri-State Museum Foundation 605-723-1200

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Belle Fourche Area

Community Center offers Year-Round

Acti v iti es

The Belle Fourche Area Community Center will celebrate its 28th year in 2020. 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, two waterslides, racquetball courts, gymnasium, walking track, theatre and more; all indoors to provide quality

We strive to offer opportunities for all ages and abilities to have fun locally. Nate Velander, BFACC director

entertainment and athletic opportunities even during the depths of winter. We offer room rentals for birthday parties and other purposes as well. As the Belle Fourche community changes, the BFACC adapts to meet the ever developing needs. The purpose remains the same, but the way it is fulfilled is constantly being scrutinized and expanded.

F i t n e s s fac i l i t y • • • •

Walking Track Weight Room Cardio Room Pool

Progr ams offered Adult • 500 Mile Club • Volleyball Leagues • Basketball Leagues Group Fitness Classes

• SilverSneakers® Yoga, Classic, & Circuit • Strength-Training Classes • Personal Exercise Programs • Yoga • Dance Fitness • And More!

Youth Basketball Swimming Lessons Little Dribblers Volleyball Camp Fast Track to Sports Youth Strength & Cardio Fitness Classes, Circuit, & BOSU® Teen Nights Tween Water Workout

• • • • • • • • •

Fac i l i t y H o u r s Monday–Thursday 5am–9pm Friday 5am–8pm Saturday 8am–6pm Sunday 1pm–8pm

Pool Hours Monday–Friday 5:30am–10am; 2pm–7:30pm Saturday 8am–5:30pm Sunday 1pm–7:30pm

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Belle Fourche


School District

Central Office: 2305 13th Avenue • 605-723-3355 • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • bellefourcheschools.org

Elementary Schools North Park K inderg a r t en 29 North 6th Avenue • 605-723-3379 Julie Hatling, Principal Julie.Hatling@k12.sd.us Beginning & Dismissal: 8:10 a .m. – 3:10 p.m.

South Park Gr a des 1– 4 1816 Valley Drive • 605-723-3382 Julie Hatling, Principal Julie.Hatling@k12.sd.us Beginning & Dismissal: 8:0 0 a .m. – 3:20 p.m.

Belle Fourche

Middle School

Gr a des 5 – 8

1302 Ziebach Street • 605-723-3367 Kevin Smidt, Principal Kevin.Smidt@k12.sd.us Beginning & Dismissal: 7:55 a .m. – 3:43 p.m.

Belle Fourche

High School

Gr a des 9–12

1301 12th Avenue • 605-723-3350 Mathew Raba, Principal Mathew.Rabat@k12.sd.us Beginning & Dismissal: 7:50 a .m. – 3:37 p.m.

Belle Fourche

Education Connection A lt ern at i ve School



Band/Pep Band Baske tball Cheerleading Choir Cross Country Dance Fall Musical FFA Football Golf Knowledge Bowl One-Ac t Pl ay Oral Interp. Soccer Spring Pl ay Track Volleyball Wrestling

Black Hills Pioneer File Photos

2315 Dakota Avenue • 605-723-0955 Mathew Raba, Principal Mathew.Rabat@k12.sd.us

Alternative Calendar The academic calendar includes both four and five-day school weeks. The calendar currently averages one five-day school week per month, with more five-day weeks in the first semester.

Mission statement We, the members of the Belle Fourche community, are committed to building a learning community and ensuring all learners equal opportunity for an excellent education program that results in learners who are responsible and accountable, who value lifelong learning and know how to learn; and who are capable of succeeding in a changing society. 2020 Belle Fourche Destination Magazine | 49

Belle Fourche ACE Motel



109 6th Ave.


americinn lodge & suites


2312 Dakota Ave.


Crow Creek Guest Ranch


17816 Prairie Winds Ln.


Econo Lodge


1815 5th Ave.


Kings inn

no website information available

518 National St.


reid motel

no website information available

922 Harding St.


Sunset Motel & RV Park


19022 US Hwy. 85


Super 8 motel


501 National St.


Belle Fourche Besler’s Cadillac Ranch

campgrounds beslerscadillacranch.com

19314 Helmer Rd., St. Onge


Riverside Campground


418 9th Ave.


Rocky Point Recreation

no website information available

Hwy. 212 to Fisherman’s Rd.

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

Scoot Inn


3 Miles W US Hwy. 34


Sunset Motel & RV Park


19022 US Hwy. 85


Wyatt’s Hideaway Campground


11144 SD Hwy. 34


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8th Avenue Bakery

704 8th Ave.


American west bar & grill

1807 5th Ave.



2511 5th Ave.


Bob’s café

610 5th Ave.


Branding iron steakhouse & social club

19079 US Hwy. 85



18765 US Hwy. 85



16 North 5th Ave.



208 Pine St.


Grap’s Burgers and brews

512 National St.



2504 5th Ave.


The Leaky Pot Cafe

1102 5th Ave.


Luigi’s Pizza

11301 Hwy. 212


The mulligan BAR & GRILL at Belle Fourche Country Club

10941 South Hwy. 85


New china garden

614 5th Ave.


Patty’s place cafe & coffee

1405 5th Ave.


PAPA JOHN’S in the Big D Truck Stop

2406 5th Ave.


Pizza hut

1824 5th Ave.


Ski’s Pizzeria

1853 5th Ave.


Stadium sports grill

818 5th Ave.



1819 5th Ave.


Subway in the CBH Travel Center

Hwy. 212 & Hwy. 85


Taco johns

1401 Mill St.


The green bean coffeehouse

710 State St.


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Riverside Campground features shaded full hookups (50 & 30 amp) at great rates. The property is close to the river bank, bike path, and within walking distance of downtown. Call & reserve your spot today!

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to Wyoming

to Spearfish

to St. Onge, SD

Belle Fourche SOUTH DAKOTA

Helmer Rd.

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to Montana

to Buffalo, SD

to Rocky Point Recreation Area


Black Hills Attractions

Spearfish Canyon.........................15 Devils Tower.................................72 Mt. Rushmore...............................83 Crazy Horse................................117 Custer State Park........................112 Black Hills National Forest..........20

Nearby Cities

Spearfish, SD................................14 Deadwood, SD..............................28 Rapid City, SD..............................61 Sioux Falls, SD...........................405 Gillette, WY................................103 Sheridan, WY.............................205 Dickinson, ND...........................194 Bismarck, ND.............................293 Billings, MT................................263 Denver, CO.................................405

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Belle Fourche Berean Bible Church


1407 5th Ave.


Black Hills Gospel Assembly

1/2 mile east on Hwy. 34


Christian Life Center

2020 Vista St.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1105 Todd St.


Connection Church

613 6th Ave.


Emmanuel Baptist Church

902 Lawrence St.


First Baptist Church

807 8th Ave.


First Congregational United Church of Christ

717 Jackson St.


Jehovah’s Witnesses

23 5th Ave.


Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

2.2 miles east on Hwy. 34


North Point Christian Church

10959 Kellem Ln.


Northern Hills Church of Christ

5 miles S. Hwy. 85


St. James Episcopal Church

10945 Summer Creek Ln.


St. James Lutheran

1100 Stanley St.


St. Paul’s Catholic Church

834 6th Ave.


Summit Open Bible Fellowship

1846 8th Ave.


United Methodist Church

1804 7th Ave.


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! s n i g e B e h c r u o F Belle te Museum a t S i r T e h at t r e t n e C r o t & Visi

Belle Fourche is one of the greatest "old west" towns ever. Learn how it all began with a visit to theTri-State Museum and Visitor Center.

Step into the 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin or visit our museum with exhibits on cowboys, ranch life, rodeo and pioneers, as well as changing mini and temporary exhibits on a variety of topics.

Kids will love our western dress-up trunk, hands-on discovery boxes and western activity table.

There's more outside! Picnic on our back deck, stroll the river walk, play a round of disc golf and cap off your visit with a photo at our fabulous Center of the Nation Monument.

Before you leave, pick up all the travel information and state maps you need for the road ahead.

Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center

! Free Admissioanr. e ye Every day of th

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Monday-Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 1-4 Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4

Call for more information 605-723-2010

Check out our website! www.thetristatemuseum.com

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