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Make the “CENTER OF THE NATION” your next destination, follow the footsteps of hardy pioneers and the railroads of yore to Belle Fourche (the Beautiful Fork) and take a dive into cowboy lore.
Stroll downtown to admire the beautiful bronze statues of rugged rodeo heroes and the historic post office. Warrior Trail travelers can relax while ambling throughout a myriad of shops, stopping to satisfy a lingering hunger or quench a dusty thirst in a local restaurant or saloon.
Through the “Gateway to the Northern Black Hills,” fish for walleye, hike, play, golf, and hunt where the deer and the antelope roam. Take in the Riverwalk, experience Hometown Thursdays with music, arts, and theater, absorb local history at the Tri-State Museum, and even get in on a dinosaur dig.
Make plans to attend the historic Black Hills Roundup & PRCA Rodeo, the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” Watch a boisterous parade, take in the fireworks display, and listen to the famous Belle Fourche Cowboy Band.
Experience the best of western hospitality when your destination is Belle Fourche, the Beautiful Fork at the “Center of the Nation.”
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As Mayor of the City of Belle Fourche, I would like to welcome you.
Belle Fourche has something unique for everyone. Our city is rich in western history and culture. Make a stop at the Tri-State Museum or take a photo at the Center of the Nation Monument. On the riverwalk enjoy nature and a breathtaking state-flag display. We are the proud home of the Black Hills Roundup, the event that is the anchor of one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in South Dakota. Another unique stop is the Rec Center; it offers
indoor swimming, recreational courts, and weight rooms.
While you are here, enjoy fantastic lodging, great shopping throughout town, and our historic main street. The citizens of Belle Fourche are some of the nicest people you will meet. As the Northern Gateway to the Black Hills, you may come to our city as a stranger, but you will leave as a friend. I personally want to thank you for spending some time with us.
• Randy Schmidt • Mayor, City of Belle Fourche
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WELCOME TO BELLE FOURCHE 2 LITTLE “BIG” TOWN 5 HISTORIC DOWNTOWN & SHOPPING 8 EATS 9 VENUES 11 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 12 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 14 TRI-STATE MUSEUM 17 WARRIOR TRAIL 18 WEATHER HAT CO.. 19 WALK OF HISTORY TOURS 20 HOMETOWN THURSDAY NIGHTS 22 RIVERFEST 23 CHRISTMAS MAGIC 24 SIGNATURE EVENTS 26 CITY MAP 28 EVENT CALENDAR 30 BLACK HILLS ROUND UP 32 4TH OF JULY 34 COWBOY BAND 36 TRI-STATE LIVESTOCK NEWS 38 FARMERS MARKET 41 IMPORTANCE OF WOOL 42 OUTDOOR RECREATION 44 BF COUNTRY CLUB 46 PARKS & RECREATION 49 RIVERWALK 50 RECREATION CENTER ....................................... 53 CATTLE NATION 54 HISTORY 56 HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 59 AREA EVENTS 61 CONTACTS. ......................................................... 63 LIVE LIKE A LOCAL 64 contents contributers
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Belle Fourche, South Dakota has a reputation. built on its rich history as a well-known furtrading rendezvous point. The community was nestled at the fork of the Redwater and Belle Fourche Rivers.
Homestead Farmers and ranchers settled the fertile valleys and built communities. They grew food for the miners who came with the gold rush of 1876. The little town was legendary for the huge herds of Texas and Kansas cattle, driven to the area. Belle Fourche was a waystation for the stagecoach line established by Theodore Roosevelt, running between Medora, North Dakota and Deadwood. Another claim to fame for Belle Fourcheis that it is recognized as the geographic center of the United States. The designation was made in 1959 with the admission of Alaska and Hawaii.
Belle Fourche was founded by a Canadian-
American frontiersman, Seth Bullock, a wellknown politician, sheriff, and U.S. Marshal. Bullock was instrumental in founding the city after he came to the Black Hills to sell supplies in Deadwood. When the railroad came to the area, Bullock offered free right-of-way to build the terminal, located near the present-day Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange. Nearly 2,500 carloads of cattle shipped through the area know as the beautiful forks (Belle Fourche) during peak season, making it, at that time, the world’s largest livestock shipping point. Belle Fourche became an agriculture center in the Tri-State area of South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, and remains so today. This little town’s legacy still serves as a large trade area for wool, cattle, sheep, and bentonite.
Most travelers journey through Belle Fourche
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will travel on Trans-Canada Highway 85 alongside the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center, home to the “Buckskin”
Johnny Spaulding Cabin. A valuable detour to the museum can quickly become an all-day excursion.
The museum was founded in 1955 with a donation from Mrs. Roy Williams, to accommodate a substantial western collection. At home in its new location along Highway 85, the museum continued to grow and now houses a comprehensive collection of historic displays. It documents the rich history of the town of Belle Fourche and the surrounding Tri-State area. Including the story of Tipperary, the legendary bucking horse, from the Black Hills Roundup. The museum houses local historical archives. One exhibit tells the story of the Great Butte County Bank Robbery, starring the Sundance Kid and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Another exhibit houses a large military display riddled with artifacts from the Civil War to World War II.
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DHISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICT STATE ST. & BELLE FOURCHE SHOPPING GUIDE
Our downtown district has evolved from its rough and tumble 1800s saloon days to a historical treasure filled with retail shops, antiques, art, western wear, boutiques, eateries, and several watering holes. Downtown Belle Fourche is part of the National Register’s Historic Business District. When you are exploring State Street, make sure to ask local shop owners about the history of their buildings.
The city of the “beautiful forks” shopping experience doesn’t end downtown. With over 230 businesses, we have all the supplies and luxuries a traveler could need. Take the time to explore our unique retail shops.
Spend a day shopping Belle Fourche. The Tri-State Museum Gift Shop inside the Muesum. Prairie Hills Pharmacy at it’s new location on State Street offers their drive-through service and has a well-curated local artisans and gift items.
Office Emporium & Gone-To-Pieces Quilt Shop housed in the same building. They offer office supplies, UPS/FedEx shipping, printing services, fabric, gifts, and more. Across the way The Bakery Fabrics has an extensive fabric collection for seasoned quilters and sewing enthusiasts. Print Mark-et is your full-service print shop with office supplies.
The two florists offer gift selections and gorgeous blooms. Find both downtown on your visit.
LOVE THAT SHOPPE ...................................... 515 State St. TRISTAN’S NEW & USED ................................ 607 State St. REDWATER MARKET 839 State St. • OFF STATE STREET • SATURDAYS ON STATE 1401 5th Ave WESTERN WEAR & UNIQUE SHOPS PETE’S CLOTHING & HODGES BOOTERY 500 State St. COWBOYS TOO! 506 State St. DENIM & OPAL ............................................... 518 State St. THE OLIVE BRANCH ...................................... 501 State St. LIFESTYLES LADIES’ FASHION ...................... 502 State St. PRAIRIE HILLS PHARMACY ........................... 600 State St. REBEL ROSE BOUTIQUE 615 State St. • OFF STATE STREET • THE ROSE BOUTIQUE 1825 5th Ave THE WILD BLUEBELL 723 7th Ave BELLE BOUTIQUE & SALON 520 5th Ave WEATHER HAT CO. 519 Grant St.
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Enjoy all Belle Fourche has to offer. Many local eateries source fresh ingredients straight from our area. Slide into the booth with a cold beverage, and take your pick of a grilled to perfection burger or steak at one of our bars or restaurants in town, like The Branding Iron Steakhouse, Crossroads, or Black Hills Diner. Maybe you’re looking for more spice, and a little kick to the palette? You’ll find that Rancho Los Agaves is a welcoming, colorful
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atmosphere with Mexican food that deserves an award of its own. Additionally, our local community is fortunate enough to have several unique coffee shops rich with rural hospitality. You’ll be sure to have a serendipitous encounter at one of Belle Fourche’s mouth- watering bakeries. Anke’s bakery offers freshly baked German breads and pastries. Down the main drag, The Leaky Pot Cafe satisfies your savory and sweet cravings with selection of tasty treats.
HOT SHOTS 605-723-1607 603 5th Ave LEAKY POT CAFE ........................................... 605-723-5053 1102 5th Ave. PONY EXPRESS-O 605-723-0614 1833 5th Ave. WILD MAGNOLIA ........................................... 605-723-0760 710 State St.
ANKE’S BAKERY ............................................. 785-760-6358 505 Grant St. BLACK HILLS DINER 605-723-1639 1405 5th Ave BRANDING IRON STEAKHOUSE .................. 605-892-2503 19079 US-85 CHAMPS CHICKEN 605-723-9000 18765 US-85 CHINA GARDEN (Take Out Only) 605-892-3888 614 5th Ave CROSSROADS 605-892-2270 16 N 5th Ave DAIRY QUEEN 605-723-7222 208 Pine St. HARDEE’S ........................................................ 605-892-6170 25504 5th Ave. KRISPY KRUNCHY CHICKEN 605-892-2484 2406 5th Ave PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA 605-892-2411 2406 5th Ave PIZZA HUT ....................................................... 605-892-2671 1824 5th Ave POOTER Q (Food Truck) 605-644-6520 Find on Facebook at @PooterQ STADIUM SPORTS GRILL ................................ 605-723-9521 1815 5th Ave. SUBWAY 605-892-4020 1819 5th Ave RANCHOS LOS AGAVES ................................ 605-723-1623 1807 5th Ave TACO JOHN’S 605-892-6436 1401 Mill St. 8TH AVE BAKERY 605-723-1624 704 8th Ave NIGH TLIFE CIRCLE LOUNGE ............................................. 605-892-3220 508 State St. COWBOY BACK BAR 605-892-2566 618 N 5th Ave HITCHING POST TAP HOUSE ........................ 605-568-0111 519 State St. OUTLAW BAR 605-892-9072 616 N 5th Ave
Photos by Bailey Sadowsky. La Pina Crazy Fajitas from Los Agaves and Magic Lemonade from Leaky Pot.
When you are ready to hit the hay, our lodging selection provides a range of accommodations known only to the big cities (AmericInn by Wyndham) to a peaceful evening camping by the Redwater River (Wyatt's Campground).
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“Belle Fourche is a wonderful home for business development. Our transportation network, friendly business climate, and great community relations make it the perfect place to start a new business or expand an existing business. The community is growing with many exciting ventures on the horizon.”
HOLLIE STALDER Executive Director Belle Fourche Development Corporation
center of the nation business climate
Belle Fourche is the transportation hub of the Quad State Region and has a rich history in agriculture and manufacturing. The “beautiful forks” city sees 14,000-16,000 vehicles a day pass through its main central corridor
The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park expanded the rail siding to a three track setting in 2022. This allows for more rail customers and an efficient flow of cars for business. The Industrial Park’s newest tenant, Albany Farms, plans to be the largest producer of ramen noodles in the US. Once fully operational, they will be able to produce 300,000 packages of ramen noodles per hour. The new rail expansions allow for the rail siding to accommodate up to 75 rail cars!
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Stop in and visit Hollie about joining upporting the next Leadership Belle Fourche class. The program is in its 6th year and has produced 55 graduates making a big difference in our community!
on HWY 85. Butte County is home to over 32 manufacturers, and Belle Fourche is home to over 250 businesses.
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Scan the QR code for our housing plan/development opportunities. While single-family housing hit a record high in 2021, with 29 new single-family homes added to the community, more are needed.
The Belle Fourche Economic Development office provides regional resources for new business.
The Homegrown & Growing video is also on both Community & Members at BFDCSD.COM
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WELCOME TO THE CENTER OF THE NATION
At the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce our aim is to advocate for our members and the business community as a whole. We are not a civic club, a charitable organization, or department of city government. We are a private, non-profit, taxpaying corporation focused on improving the community and businesses of Belle Fourche. Our people — people just like you, who realize that we can accomplish more collectively than individually. BELLEFOURCHECHAMBER.ORG | 605.892.2676 | 509 GRANT ST.
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As the Executive Director of the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, I welcome you to our community. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce and see what is happening and the opportunities we offer.
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“This community is so inviting and really helped me get my business up and running. They welcomed me on main street and encouraged patrons to my store. I couldn’t ask for a better network of support.” - BUSINESS OWNER TESTIMONIAL
“An amazing community, working to do amazing things! Thank you to everyone at the Chamber for being so welcoming to those entering and planning a visit. I can’t wait to see what happens here next.” - RESIDENT
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“The staff are knowledgeable and exceptionally helpful. Great at promoting businesses in the area. Very active and good at initiating events. A huge benefit to our community.”
“The Chamber staff loves Belle Fourche through and through. They are committed to helping businesses grow, encourage community gatherings, and helpful to tourists.”
RIVER WALK • CENTER OF THE NATION MONUMENT • TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER BELLE FOURCHE COUNTRY CLUB • ROCKY POINT REC AREA & ORMAN RESERVOIR BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP • RODEO & AGRITOURISM • HERMANN PARK PLAYGROUND, PICNIC AREA & BAND SHELL • JONES PARK SPLASH PAD • BASEBALL & SOCCER FIELDS GEOCACHING • BELLE FOURCHE RECREATION CENTER • HUNTING, FISHING, CAMPING
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THE STORY OF THE TRI-STATE MUSEUM
The Tri-State Museum is another of those surprising “must-see” things in town that looks deceptively small, but packs a punch historically. It documents the rich history of the town of Belle Fourche and the surrounding Tri-State area.
The Spaulding Cabin, located next to the museum, takes the visitor back in history to a time when Spaulding, his sister, brotherin-law, and their six children lived in the hand-hewn log two-story home. The cabin was donated to the museum by the W.A. Helmer family and the Belle Fourche Lions Club provided the renovations. Anyone who wanders through the small, cramped rooms, will wonder at how a family survived the conditions.
The museum is famous for its First Saturday Brunches, which brings a different topic or speaker each month, to share local history of the area. It also hosts Family Fun Days, summer classes, and Tri-State Performer productions.
Hands-on activities include discovery boxes, dress-up trunks and a western activity table. The gift shop offers books penned by local and regional authors as well as clothing, gifts, puzzles, and a host of unique items related to the local area.
Just outside the museum, along the Belle Fourche River, is the Center of the Nation monument, including an avenue of flags, a granite 21-by-40-foot compass rose and an entrance into the River Walk area.
Just 20 miles north on Highway 85 is the entrance to the geographic center of the nation, and the museum offers maps to the location for those interested in visiting. Located at 415 Fifth Ave., the museum offers a little something for everyone. Be prepared to spend some time in a spot that is especially unique and steeped in history.
Article courtesy of the Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center
Photo courtesy Tri-State Museum &Visitor Center
Center of the nation Monument
Photo courtesy Hunter Anderson
The Warrior Trail is a highway paved in the wake of the original Warrior Trail. At the crossroads of Highway 85 and Highway 212, the Warrior Trail was marred into the ground during the conflict between the indigenous people and the foreign settlers finalizing with a standoff at the Little Bighorn Battlefield (Custer’s Last Stand). The trail begins westward from The Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center in Belle Fourche. It proceeds into the closest corner of Wyoming to a vast area of Montana landing at Crow Agency, Montana.
For 11 years, battles waged between US soldiers and the Cheyenne, Sioux, and Arapaho tribes. Tensions were high between the indigenous and the new settlers in the years leading up the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The encroachment of white men and military militia of the native people resulted in blood shed.
The landscape remains much the same today. Visitors may imagine tribes riding across the plains and US military camped in groups by the thousand. The valleys and rimrocks witnessed the brutality. The trail extends from Belle Fourche, through Colony, Wyoming and Alzada, Hammon, Boyes, Broadus, Ashland, Lame Deer, Busby and
Crow Agency in Montana. With sites along the way, you can discover the harrowing events along the Warrior Trail.
The Warrior Trail is a sad, haunting reminder of tempestuous conflict riddle in the region’s history.
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With a tip of the hat, a gesture of acknowledgment, gratitude and respect, cowboy hats, and hats of other sorts have always been a part of history. From the sombreros in Mexico, to the fedora perched upon the banker’s head, hats have added character to folks for generations. From the turn of the century, to the present day, one can stroll downtown or travel to wide open prairies of Belle Fourche and surrounding areas and see cowboy hats of all kinds.
Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful forks town, on Grant Street just one block North of State; you can swing open the door and step back in time to witness one of the oldest trades in the book. Weather Hat Co. owned and operated by Jack Scholl, once a young cow-hand growing up on the Heart Diamond Ranch at Isabel, South Dakota creates beautiful one-of-a-kind hats custom created for men and women alike.
Jack and his wife Jenny opened the shop on Grant Street in 2006. Jack, a farrier for many large race tracks across the country throughout his twenties began to look for a new profession and found heart in constructing custom made cowboy hats for the working men and women of this area.
While visiting with this craftsmen, one can tell he has a passion for working with his hands and taking on a challenge of creating the perfect ‘lid’ for all head and face shapes. Jack takes the time to precisely measure and help you pick and choose from a variety of colors, fur blends, brim width, and crown height to curate the lasting piece.
Nearly 100 hats per year leave Weather Hat Co. in the hands of many satisfied customers; folks are pleased with Jack’s attention to detail on his hats trimmed with handmade bows, ribbon bands, bound edges, and an assortment of hat band buckles steamed into the correct shape made for each customer. Weather Hat Co. is also home to the well-attended Sip N Style event where a hat can be purchased and your creativity unleashed with custom-made fashion hat bands, and adornments representing your character. So if you’re looking for that perfect hat, fit to you, style and size, be sure to stop in to Weather Hat Co and let Jack create a hat for you today!
By Jessica Casteel
605.645.1654 • MONDAY - SATURDAY 10 AM - 4 PM 519 GRANT ST. • BELLE FOURCHE, SD 57717
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Last summer Belle Fourche Walking History came to life, through long extended walks with Dawn Newland and Bill Hennessey. They walked down State Street and their stories of Belle Fourche painted a vibrant picture of the authenticity of the Wild West, which Belle Fourche still is. The popularity of Dawn and Bill’s podcasts and videos grew and just like a prairie wildfire, it spread quickly. A spark created a reenactment of the Butte County Bank Robbery and soon after, a weekend was set aside to which history enthusiasts could walk in the evening with Dawn and Bill, and take in “A Sip of History”. A Sip of History is located on Historic State Street in front of businesses from 6th Ave to the 8th Ave gazebo. Along with Dawn and Bill, other history lovers have teamed up with them to reenact the different characters of Belle Fourche. Characters like Seth Bullock, Thomas White, the Sundance Kid, aka Harry Longabaugh, along with Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan, George “Flat Nose” Curry, Tom “Peep” O’Day, and Calamity Jane are some characters that will be seen, and heard about this coming summer, 2023. When a participant purchases a ticket they receive a coupon for a drink either to the Hitching Post Tap House or the Wild Magnolia Coffee Bar, a guided tour downtown, and a souvenir cup. Wagons, cowboys, cowgirls, shopkeepers, townsmen, sheriffs, bank robbers, “ladies of the night”, school teachers, and ranchers are what you will see reenacted this summer in downtown Belle Fourche. An added feature this summer will be an authentic wagon ride through Historic Belle Fourche
Make this one of your reasons to visit and be a tourist in Historic Downtown Belle Fourche!
By Michelle Evans
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Bank Robbery Reenactment
EH JUNE 30 BANK ROBBERY REENACTMENT 3:00 PM STATE STREET JULY 15 A SIP OF HISTORY AUGUST 19 A SIP OF HISTORY AND WAGON TOUR SEPTEMBER 23 A SIP OF HISTORY “CEMETERY WALK”
Walking History on State St.
Photo courtesy of Hunter Anderson
Jack Scholl as Seth Bullock
A Sip of History
HOMETOWN THURSDAYS: WHERE FRIENDS MEET BY THE RIVER
Bring the family or meet some friends at the Hometown Thursdays night. This is a weekly music festival held at the Tri-State Museum in Belle Fourche. Local and regional bands will be performing. There is a variety of music styles the bands will be playing, but the emphasis for the summer is country music. There will be food, craft vendors, games, and children's activities. It’s FREE and a boatload of fun for the whole family! The live music starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 9:30 PM.
VISIT WWW.HOMETOWNTHURSDAYS.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
2023 LINE UP
JUNE 8 - 100 PROOF
JUNE 15 - COMMON LAW
JUNE 22 - REVOLVER
JUNE 19 - DAKOTA COUNTRY
JULY 6 - SOUTH HWY 85
JULY 13 - WESTON FRANK
JULY 20 - CAMP COMFORT
JULY 27 - CHELSEY DEE & COMPANY
JUNE 9 & 10
3RD ANNUAL RIVERFEST BY THE BELLE FOURCHE RIVER
Come enjoy food, friends, and fun at the River Fest. This 2-day event is one to mark down as a must for the summer. Enjoy a BBQ contest, kids games, vendors, street dance, community picnic , 5K, shopping & MORE!
VISIT WWW.BELLEFOURCHECHAMBER.ORG FOR THE FULL EVENT SCHEDULE.
FRIDAY • JUNE 9TH • 5 PM TO 8 PM
Community Picnic - Rail Park on State Street
5K River Fun - Belle Fourche Rec Center
SATURDAY • JUNE 10TH • 10 AM TO 9 PM
6:30 AM - Battle of the Bones
BBQ Contestant Check-in
10 AM TO 8 PM- Vendors Open
10 AM TO 3 PM - Kids Zone Activities Open
Petting Zoo | Bounce Houses
Games | Activities | Train rides
10 AM TO 3 PM - Dunk Tank $5 - 3 throws
Fundraising for Local Non-Profit
Disc Golf Tournament
6 PM TO 9 PM - Live Music
6 PM - Blind Judging for BBQ Contest
6:30 PM - Public Judging for BBQ Contest
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about celebrating Christmas in a small town. The local shops of Belle Fourche and vendors at the annual Cowboy Christmas Fair will make your holiday shopping list a cinch. The parade of lights will dazzle you on State Street, a horse-drawn carriage ride will warm your heart, and the annual fireworks show will make the winter sky shine. Grab a ticket for a ride on the Polar Express and make sure to get a photo with Santa. The wide variety of familyfriendly activities will get your entire family into the holiday
POLAR EXPRESS BUS RIDES with Santa Departs at COWBOYS TOO!
POLAR EXPRESS BUS RIDES Boards at COWBOYS TOO!
BELLE BLACK FRIDAY
DECEMBER 15TH & 16TH
TRI-STATE PERFORMERS HOLIDAY PLAY TRI STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CNTR
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An Authentic Santa & St. Nicholas Photos by ME Pix Images
CARS & COFFEE
Photos by Hunter Anderson
MAY 13 • KITE FESTIVAL
& DUCK RACES
11 AM - 4 PM • TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
Kids’ kites for purchase and to fly; prizes awarded for best three kites! Music, craft and food vendors, activities for kids and parents.
Racing ducks are $5 each or 5 for $20; prizes for the first three ducks to finish the race! • Free Admission
Duck Races to benefit the local Shriners
JUNE 9 &10 • COWBOYS & ICE CREAM FOR EVENT TIMES & LOCATIONS CALL 605.892.9089
Cowboy lunch, Walking History, “Old West” Wagon Rides, Ice Cream Eating Contest, & MORE!
JUNE 9 & 10 • RIVERFEST
SEE PAGE 23 FOR THE DETAILS
This 2-day event is one to mark down as a must for the summer. Enjoy a BBQ contest, kids games, vendors, street dance, community picnic , 5K, shopping & MORE!
JUNE 30 - JULY 4 • BH ROUNDUP
SEE PAGE 34 FOR THE DETAILS
Celebrate Independence Day the ol’ west style. Enjoy PRCA rodeos , a parade, carnival, and more!
JULY 15 • CARS & COFFEE
Are you an auto fan? Join us for cars and coffee. All makes and models welcome. • Free Admission
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AUGUST 19 • SWEET CORN FESTIVAL
1 PM - 8 PM • TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
The 4th Annual harvest festival is all things corn. Enjoy a corn cooking competition, corn-related activities for adults and children, craft and food vendors, beer garden, and an evening band! • Free Admission
OCTOBER 21 • PUMPKINFEST
10 AM - 4 PM • TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
Join in the spooky spirit with food and craft vendors, mummy bowling and other Halloween games, the museum’s ‘ Crazy Witch’ performs science experiments for kids, and watch a Halloween play by Tri-State Performers. From noon - 3 p.m. partake in pumpkin decorating and a costume contest for kids. Judging begins at 3:30 PM and kids can grab a goodie bag, have their face painted, play on inflatables, ride on the pumpkin trails, and visit the decorate the ‘Haunted’ Spaulding Cabin.
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COWBOYS & ICECREAM
CARS & COFFEE
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NORTH BELLE FOURCHE
30• CHUTES FOR CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT BF Country Club
30• BH ROUNDUP RANCH RODEO & COMMUNITY BBQ ROUNDUP GROUNDS
30• BUTTE CO. BANK ROBBERY REENACTMENT STATE ST. & 6TH AVE
6/30 - 7/4• BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP & NORTHSTAR AMUSEMENT CARNIVAL
01 • BELLE FOURCHE COWBOY BAND CONCERTS IN THE PARK HERMANN PARK
01• BH ROUNDUP - “FAMILY NIGHT” ROUNDUP GROUNDS
01 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM
02• BH ROUNDUP - “CHUTES FOR CHARITY” & FIREWORK SHOW ROUNDUP GROUNDS
03• BH ROUNDUP - “TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK” & FIREWORK SHOW ROUNDUP GROUNDS
04• BELLE FOURCHE RODEO RUN ROUNDUP GROUNDS
04• BH ROUNDUP - “MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION”
04• BH ROUNDUP GRAND PARADE
06• HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - SOUTH HWY 85 TRI-STATE MUSEUM
04 • BF MIDDLE SCHOOL 7/8TH GRADE BAND CONCERT REC CENTER • 6:30 PM 06 • FIRST SATURDAY BRUNCH Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 10 AM 09 • BF MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT REC CENTER • 6 PM 11 • BELLE JACKPOT ASSOCIATION ROUNDUP GROUNDS • 4 - 7 PM 12 & 13 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 12 & 13 • CENTER OF THE NATION WALLEYE TOURNAMENT ROCKY POINT RECREATION 12 - 14 • PRIDE & PREJUDICE BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 13 • BELLE FOURCHE KITE FESTIVAL & DUCK RACES 11 AM TO 4 PM • TRI-STATE MUSEUM 21 • PRIDE & PREJUDICE BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 21 • FAMILY FUN DAY Birds TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 24 • PRIDE & PREJUDICE BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 24 • BELLE JACKPOT ASSOCIATION ROUNDUP GROUNDS • 4 - 7 PM 31 • BELLE JACKPOT ASSOCIATION ROUNDUP GROUNDS • 4 - 7 PM
03 • FIRST SATURDAY BRUNCH Historical Hydro Electric Plants on the Redwater TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 10 AM 04 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 06 & 07 • BELLE JACKPOT ASSOCIATION ROUNDUP GROUNDS • 4 - 7 PM 08 • HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - 100 PROOF TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 09 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 09 & 10 • COWBOYS & ICE CREAM More Information - (605) 892-9089 STATE STREET 09 & 10 • 3RD ANNUAL RIVER FESTIVAL JUNE 9 • COMMUNITY PICNIC • RAIL PARK JUNE 10 • FESTIVAL • MUSEUM 09 • RIVER RUN/WALK BF REC CENTER 10 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 09 & 10 • DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT CENTER OF THE NATION DISC GOLF COURSE 15 • HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - COMMON LAW TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 17 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 18• FAMILY FUN DAY Rocks & Minerals TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 22 • HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - REVOLVER TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 24 • SUMMER FESTIVAL WILD BLUEBELL • 723 7th Ave • 8 AM - 3 PM 24 • COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE 24• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM
HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - DAKOTA COUNTRY TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM
07 & 08 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 08 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 12•CONCERTS IN THE PARK 2 COUNTRY 4 NASHVILLE HERMANN PARK • 7 PM - 9 PM
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13 • HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - WESTON FRANK TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 15• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 15• SIP OF HISTORY STATE ST• 6:30 PM 15• CARS & COFFEE 16• FAMILY FUN DAY Here Comes The Sun TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 16• BUTTE CO 4-H RODEO ROUNDUP GROUNDS 19• CONCERTS IN THE PARK - GREEN DOLPHIN HERMANN PARK • 7 PM - 9 PM 20• HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - CAMP COMFORT TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 22• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 26• CONCERTS IN THE PARK - NORTHERN HILLS BAND HERMANN PARK • 7 PM - 9 PM 06• HOMETOWN THURSDAYS - CHELSEA DEE & COMPANY TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 6 PM 27 - 30• SUMMER MUSICAL BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 29• BELLE FOURCHE CRAZY DAYS STATE STREET 29 • RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 Pm
7/31 - 8/05• BUTTE/LAWRENCE COUNTY 4H RODEO 7/31 - 8/05• BUTTE/LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK OR BUTTESD.ORG 05 • FIRST SATURDAY BRUNCH The Music of Hank Williams TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 10 AM 05• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 05• THE OPRY COMMUNITY HALL 11 & 12 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 12• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 19• Sweet Corn Festival TRI-STATE MUSEUM 19• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 20• FAMILY FUN DAY Fun with Food TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 26• GETTING OUR ACTS TOGETHER: A NIGHT OF NORTHERN HILLS ONE-ACT BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 26• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 26• SUNRISE RISE RUN/WALK BF REC CENTER 26• ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT BF COUNTRY CLUB
02• FAMILY FUN DAY Having A Baby in the 1920s TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 02• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 08 & 09 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 09• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 16• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 17• FAMILY FUN DAY Here Comes The Sun TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 23• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM 23• SIP OF HISTORY STATE ST 23• AUTUMN TEA: THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW TRI-STATE MUSEUM 30• RED ONION FARMER’S MARKET 19024 OLIVE LN • 9 AM - 1 PM
07 • FIRST SATURDAY BRUNCH Quilts & Quilting TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 10 AM 13 & 14 • SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 15• FAMILY FUN DAY Creepy Creature TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 07 • PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & MOONLIGHT MADNESS TRI-STATE MUSEUM 07 • FEARLESS 5K 20 • “WHEN THE WORKS ALL DONE” CONCERT COMMUNITY HALL • 6 - 9 PM 21-22 • THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 31 • SPOOKTACULAR BF REC CENTER 31 • HALLOWEEN PARADE STATE ST OCT/NOV PIE & COFFEE SALE BARN
07 • FIRST SATURDAY BRUNCH Sheriffs of Meade County TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 10 AM 10 & 11• SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 11/17-12/22 • COME TO CHRISTMAS IN BELLE FOURCHE 17• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES 19• FAMILY FUN DAY Thankful for Thanksgiving TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM 24• LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Parade & Fireworks STATE ST 24• SOUP DINNER KICK-OFF 11/26 -12/02 •GIVE BIG CAMPAIGN december 08 & 09• SATURDAY ON STATE MARKET 1405 5TH AVE • FRI. NOON - 7 PM • SAT. 9 AM - 4PM 14 & 15• POLAR EXPRESS BOARD AT COWBOYS TOO 15 & 17• TRI STATE PERFORMERS HOLIDAY PLAY BF COMMUNITY THEATRE AT BF REC CENTER 17• FAMILY FUN DAY Christmas Crafts TRI-STATE MUSEUM • 2 - 4 PM Halloween parade Entrance to Red Onion Santa at Cowboys Too! 31
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getting down to business
COURTESY OF THE BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP
Black Hills Roundup hires best in the rodeo industry.
Some of the best individuals in the rodeo industry will gather in Belle Fourche June 30-July 4 to work the Black Hills Roundup.
From the contractors fans see in the arena, to those behind the scenes, it takes quality, competent people to put on the show.
Fans will recognize the smooth voices of co-announcers Steve Goedert and Andy Seiler, as they call the action at the 104th annual event.
The Mustang Man, Bobby Kerr, will be in the house as specialty act. The Hico, Texas cowboy has trained mustangs from the American West, getting his start with the Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, Texas in 2011.
The mustangs work as liberty horses, make lead changes, and lay down as he shoots a gun over them.
The grand finale of the Mustang Man’s show is when a mustang jumps into the seat of a 1936 Chevrolet as Kerr drives out of the arena. The talented horseman and his mustangs have won the PRCA Specialty Act of the Year award three times and the PRCA Entertainer of the Year once.
Stepping into the arena for his first visit to the Black Hills Roundup is rodeo clown Brian Patton.
The Misfit Cowboy brings his bridled Brahma bull, Django, and a longhorn named Roscoe that he ropes and rides. Roscoe stands on a pedestal while the Misfit Cowboy spins his pistol and fires a Colt 45. The highlight of the Misfit Cowboy’s show is when Roscoe goes to the top of Patton’s forty-foot
For the 35th year, Hank and Lori Franzen and Powder River Rodeo Co. will bring their bucking horses and bulls to the Roundup. PRCA rodeo photographer Clay Guardipee will take photos; music director Laney Newman will spin the tunes, and Frostview Productions will be in charge of the video board. The fireworks show, which takes place on July 2 and 3, is coordinated by Fritz Carlson.
The rodeo strives to select the best personnel possible, said Dallas Conner, chairwoman of the Roundup and the second woman to be at the rodeo’s helm. (Karen Wagner served as the 2002-2003 chairwoman.)
“We are proud to hire the best acts in the PRCA,” she said. “Our fans deserve a great experience and we strive to provide that every year.”
Rodeo announcer Seiler said that the Roundup’s success spurs on the contract people to be at their prime.
“As the Roundup has continued to win awards, they challenge all of us to be at our best,” he said. “So I think it’s really an honor and a privilege to be part of it. It gives us the opportunity to be just a cog in the wheel of something where all ships rise with the rising tide.”
The Roundup is a five-time consecutive PRCA Medium Rodeo of the Year Award winner.
Festivities kick off June 30 with the 14th annual Ranch Rodeo, and continue July 1-4 with PRCA competition.
Performances begin at 7 PM each day, except for July 4, when they begin at 3 pm. The 104th annual Black Hills Roundup parade is July 4 at 10:30 AM.
Photos by Jodie Baxendale
Governor Kristi Noem rides in the Belle Fourche parade.
Photo courtesy of Hunter Anderson
Photo courtesy of SD Tourism
independence day parade celebrated in spades
The freedom fighting American spirit is all encompassing during Independence Day in Belle Fourche. Rodeo action, fireworks, and carnival rides draw people in from the close Tri-State area, but also from states afar. The Fourth of July parade in Belle Fourche is said to have approximately 115 floats per year featuring local businesses and organizations. Horseback riders and horse-drawn wagons line the streets with hot rods, classic cars, fire trucks and
participants. Marching bands have come from out-of-state to perform, as well as our infamous Cowboy Band. Entertaining an upwards of 20,000, this patriotic event makes your heart swell with pride for our country and those brave men and women who fought for it. The rumble of the B1 Bomber flyover kicks off the parade and will surely make you rise to your feet and salute our nations great flag.
By Jessica Casteel
MISS BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP QUEEN CONTEST
14TH ANNUAL BLACK HILLS RANCH RODEO
JULY 1- 4
ANNUAL BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP RODEO
JULY 2 - 3
FIREWORKS AREA’S LARGEST
BLACK HILLS ROUNDUP GRAND PARADE
$15 TO $34
Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online to avoid waiting in line. BlackHillsRoundUp.com SCAN
The Mustang Man Bobby Kerr will entertain at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche June 30 - July 4.
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OFFICE LOCATED AT THE TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTER
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CBelle Fourche’s very own Cowboy Band has been rallying crowds to cheer with enthusiasm since before the turn of the century. Toes tapped to the tune, while trumpets blared, clarinets sang, and drums provided the beat for some of the very first events in Belle Fourche dating back to 1897 when the Cowboy Band was just a mere six people. Officially organized in 1931, the Cowboy Band consisting of twentysix members. They were made of men straight out of high who would march in military bands in the first World War.
Famed for their uniforms, they quickly grew attention of surrounding communities. The band played at large events
By Jessica Casteel
in and out of the state of South Dakota. In their ten-gallon hats, white shirts and buff corduroy pants with the fronts tucked into green and brown boots, they marched along with the music they played and quickly won hearts. Charles McClung, one of the first directors of the organized band stated “I can get more pep out of that cowboy band than any band I ever waved a baton in front of.”
Today, the Cowboy Band still remains, members of all ages still gather and play catchy tunes at local events, you can find them playing during the Black Hills Roundup as well as in the Fourth of July parade.
Photo by Hunter Anderson
The Governor’s Cowboy Band in the Black Hills Roundup in 1933. Photos courtesy of Tri-State Museum
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SIXTY YEARS AGO, Morris Hallock was presented with the need for a regional livestock publication and he forged ahead with the concept, never once looking back. The industry demanded and quickly grew to require, he said, the up-to-date market reports from livestock barns as well as the news- worthy stories informing and educating the region’s producers.
The paper really was borne out of necessity, Hallock said, and he credits Jim Madden, then owner of Madden’s Livestock Market, with the publication’s start. “Jim Madden built the auction market in St. Onge,” Hallock said. “I did a lot of advertising for him. He always came in on Saturday mornings and we built his ad. Times weren’t good. Times weren’t good for anybody,” Hallock recalled. “Madden stopped in and teased, ‘I’m looking for a smart publisher but I don’t think I’m in the right place.’ I told him to come into the office and spill his guts.” Madden, who according to Hallock was “straight as an arrow,” was worried that, although he advertised with radio, eight or 10 newspapers and even television, that he still wasn’t reaching his customers.
“He said he’d buy a full page ad on the back page of every issue as long as he lived and then he said ‘and you don’t need any damn contract.’” Hallock went on: “that’s the way we did business back then.”
Hallock said he asked Madden what they should call the paper and was told “I don’t give a damn what you call it, just print it. When are you going to start?” Hallock responded, “Next week. Get your ad ready.”
Staff members threw their ideas for naming the paper in a hat and the name “Tri-State Livestock News” was pulled out, Hallock said, with the intention of representing South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Upon the paper’s launch, Sturgis Livestock quickly saw the value of the paper and came aboard as the second auction barn to advertise.
Later, after some stern discussion, Hallock struck a deal with then owner of Belle Fourche Livestock and their ad was placed in a prominent location in the paper.
At one time, Hallock said, over 40 auction markets regularly published their market reports in the paper. Hallock enjoyed getting to know rural mail carriers and said he was always proud when the paper had several sections. The post office staff would tell him that they liked the papers with several sections because folks would come in while they were sorting mail and everyone would “tear it apart” and steal a section.
One March paper was over 200 pages, “just before that last bust in the 80s,” Hallock said.
Hallock was involved throughout the years in what is now called the Livestock Publications Council and his paper won awards “time after time after time,” for speaking up and out for the upper midwest’s cattle producers. But he never “wasted space” in the newspaper with his own personal opinions or agenda.
1970 1980 1990
“We’re not talking about me, we’re talking about a better newspaper for the people we want to reach,” said the man with an unmatched passion for publishing a high quality news product for the people he cherishes, the American cowman.
Utilizing the power of the paper, Hallock was able to help jump-start and grow the Black Hills Stock Show and was recognized with their “first and biggest” award in the early years.
Hallock said he appreciates all the Tri-State’s readers and staff for the good maintenance of his pride and joy. “You look onto Main Street and a business closes up. A newspaper doesn’t close up.”
Hallock died in 2018.
Ogden Publishing owns Tri-State Livestock News, which is today published by Bree Poppe. Livestock markets and cattle producers continue to be some of Tri-State Livestock News’ most cherished advertisers and news sources.
The livestock industry changes but the people remain the same.
Tri-State Livestock News strives to bring readers pertinent local, state, national and global news. The team also works hard to entertain and encourage our readers. We see them, we appreciate them, we know them, we are them. In an industry where being tough and independent is natural and often revered, we are aware that outside, and sometimes inside forces make everyday life ugly at times. “Environmental” bullies, politicians with agendas, meat processing consolidation resulting to restricted markets can make for long days. Tri-State Livestock News’ goal is to serve as an advocate, a friend to enjoy over coffee - and a source of needed information and most of all to celebrate the ranching way of life and the people who are the cattle industry.
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RED ONION MARKET PLACE
In the mid 1990s, James and Robin Ager began fell in love with creating delectable food from scratch. They began sourcing whole food sources. In 2000, they acquired a four and a half acre plot an eighth of a mile east of Runnings. Their business name, Red Onion Marketplace is synonymous with “eat healthy and celebrate life”, while the ‘Red’ signifies love and charity for others, the ‘Onion’ represents ‘peeling back the layers’- two acts of service that characterizes the business.
In 2019, the Agers began building their market stand, and in 2020 it made its debut. On Saturdays from June through September customers can find ‘homemade, straight from scratch’ baked goods such as pies, caramel rolls, breads and other delicious items. Red Onion Marketplace is also a hub for other locally- sourced products, craft items, and organically grown produce.
In 2021, a GAHT (Ground to Air Heat Transfer) greenhouse system was constructed giving the Agers the means to grow even more organic produce. Red Onion Marketplace strives to provide produce year round. The Marketplace holds an annual event on July 22 from 6-9 PM called ‘Night at the Onion’, with food, vendors, musicians and plentiful seating, you will sure be guaranteed to have a great time at this event on July 22nd from 6-9pm. The Red Onion Market offers made-to-order food items, porch side pickup, and deliveries from October through May. The market is also open on Saturday from 9am-1pm June through September. By Jessica
@REDONIONMARKETPLACE JULY 22 | 6 - 9 PM ‘NIGHT AT THE ONION’ FARMER’S MARKET | JUNE - SEPT. | 9 AM - 1 PM EVENT SPOTLIGHT
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from the barn, where the sheep spent the night. When asked about Deb’s favorite part of shearing day
Mooney Shearing is such a partner. He has been around sheep his whole
and small clumps of wool and separates it into three different bags; belly wool (sheared first), short
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clumps of wool together from the large tarps laid down and throw it in either the short wool or course wool bags. The sweepers also jump into the loose wool bags and stomp down the wool. During the sheep shearer’s breaks, the sweepers would run around the barns, crawl over fences, play tag, pet the goats, horses, and cats, and build forts. All along the adults watched and yearned to have the energy of their youthful days.
Once the fleece skirter has examined the fleece they would turn the skirting wheel and wrap, or fold the fleece and carry it to the bagger. The bagger is the person who operates the wool compressor. After all the bags are full, marked, and placed on a flatbed, the wool is hauled to Center of the Nation Wool in Belle Fourche. “Most of the wool will leave there for export. The fine-grade wool will go for Military uniforms, or fine wool socks”, Deb Kukuchka conveyed.
The Kukuchka wool is now in the skillful hands of Larry Prager. Larry’s journey to Belle Fourche didn’t start with sheep, he explains. “I was an Animal Science Major at the University of Wyoming and shearing sheep paid for my college. My dad was a ‘misplaced’ cattle guy. He really enjoyed his sheep, so we always had sheep at home. I went to the shearing school when I was a sophomore in high school and started shearing all the farm flock in Douglas, WY. I sheared sheep through college and weekends, and for 3-4 years after college until I moved to Belle. It was between 7-8,000 sheep and I did it by myself,
seriously. When they come here they need someone also to take it very seriously, and I do. I have really come to feel if I did anything else it would be boring. Even though we do the same routine every day, you really can’t tell when you come in at 8:00 AM what will happen before lunchtime.”
“Our trade area really is Western South Dakota, Western North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, parts of Utah, and Idaho. That is the region we are pretty active in. And then there is Eastern South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, you name it.” The company handles 50 to 75 percent of the wool produced in the states they trade in.
Larry took me through a quick tour of the warehouse. The “shear” site of all the stacked wool bales on each side of us is a site to you should behold. If you have ever driven by the warehouse on Rail Road, it is long but you won’t know the capacity of this building from just seeing it from the outside. Probably 95% of the building is to house wool. Center of the Nation Wool sees 4.5 million pounds, on average per year. 5.2 million pounds was their biggest year, which was recent. The office space is small and not much has changed. I myself grew up in a Southwest Minnesota farm town named Pipestone. The office brought back memories of the ‘80s gas stations, Coast to Coast, Pipestone Grain Co., and Lange’s Cafe. I hope they never remodel for, nostalgia reasons. The focus has been on the wool, the ranchers, and
I am missing about 25 other duties that Lorrie has perfected.
Once the wool leaves Center of the Nation Wool Warehouse it goes to Chargeurs Wool Combing of Jamestown, S.C., the nation’s only remaining combing company. Chargeurs scours, cards, and combs the wool and sells it as “top”, raw material to “spinner” companies that make it into yarn, which is then made into cloth.
What Kukuchka’s and Center of the Nation Wool Warehouse provides is a huge part of the end product of wool. The next time you pick up a wool cap, socks, coat, yarn, or blanket, the probability of it coming through Belle Fourche is high. Our little ranch town truly touches many moving parts of this world.
By Michelle Evans
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Make Belle Fourche your home base for hunting season. The area boasts abundant whitetail deer, mule deer, and antelope populations. Bird hunting for wild turkeys, pheasants, sharptailed grouse, ducks, and geese are also popular choices. Hunters travel to Butte County for private and public hunting expeditions. The area’s strong agricultural practices make prime habitats for producing hunting trophies. Hunting licenses may be purchased locally at Buck Stop Sporting Goods located at 514 5th Ave or online from the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Website. We have you covered if you need an expert outfitter for your hunt!
Crago Outfitting specializes exclusively in archery, antelope, and deer hunts. The hunting camp is located about 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, in a country ranch setting. The avid archery hunters have been running a very successful archery outfitting business for 14 years, with over 150,000+ acres of hunting access with a large population of deer and antelope. They are grateful to have the opportunity and privilege to call this beautiful country home and share it with our hunters.
Belle River Outfitters is located in beautiful western South Dakota. The vast property is a working cattle ranch owned and operated by the Kudlock family. They offer antelope, deer, and wild turkey hunts. Their goal is to make you feel at home and enjoy the friendly atmosphere! Come as a clientleave feeling like family!
Once you have had a successful hunt, have your game processed locally.
If you need a place to store your animal or would like to have it processed and packaged here in Belle Fourche, Grandview Locker & Storage has storage lockers available. They perform skinning and caping and offer full-service processing, including cold meat cuts & jerky!
Integrity Meats also does the processing of wild game (No birds, but will freeze turkeys). They offer 24-hour processing for out-of-state hunters and perform partial and complete caping. They also trade out your trim for sausage!
Paleo Adventures is an independent, commercial paleontology company dedicated to helping preserve the important vertebrate fossils (DINOSAURS, MARINE REPTILES, etc.) of the great American west! They are based out of the beautiful, northern Black Hills of South Dakota, a stone’s throw away from some of the world’s most important dinosaur dig sites. Be sure to check their website for spots available. Mark your calendars and book your adventure early!
By Shelly McCutchan
HReservoir 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 Civil Engineering Landmark. The Belle Fourche Reservoir is known for its abundant fishing spots and breathtaking views.
The average depth is twenty-five feet and has some areas where depths can reach sixty feet when the reservoir is full. Most folks head to the giant body of water for walleye fishing. You will also find channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass, and tigermuskie. A fish cleaning station is available. A boat ramp and shore fishing is also available.
“There is nothing quite like an early spring or summer morning on Orman! You can always count on lots of boats on the water. It holds some of the best fishing and beautiful views! It’s a huge body of water with plenty of space for fishing or recreational boaters!” said Derek and Rachel Nelson.
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South Dakota fishing licenses are available online or locally at the Wheel In Bait Shop located at 18696 Fishermans Rd.
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BELLE FOURCHE RESERVOIR & ORMAN DAM
Located 8 miles east of Belle Fourche off SD Hwy 212
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the belle fourche country club boasts a 9+hole course
Way back in 1934 a group of crazy people wanted to hit some golf balls around a field. That group of people got the approval to use a swampy piece of land at the intersection of Highways 85 and 34. With little money to move earth, the group decided to route the golf course in and around areas that wouldn’t disturb the natural landscape. They plotted out 9 circles of sand and called it a golf course. For almost 90 years golf has been played on the beautiful land in which Belle Fourche Country Club rests.
The course has gone though changes over the years but the routing of the course largely has remained the same. Recent updates include the new and improved driving range with top of the line turf installed and 36 new golf carts added to their fleet for renting. The clubhouse has some upgrades as well including
outdoor seating, outdoor bar, and awing for those warm summer days. This also makes it the perfect place to host any events such as parties or weddings; they can also cater to make it an all inclusive package of fun!
As an avid golfer of the Belle Fourche Golf Course, Mr. Rocky Ruzicka enjoys, “How fun it is to play as a fan of golf. The quality of the course is phenomenal. The ability to host a corporate outing one day, and then championship style tournament the next, it truly offers a fun and unique challenge to golfers of all skill levels. It’s the true “diamond in the Hills” for 9-hole course. There is not a better 9-hole course in the Hills.”
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SPACE TO ENJOY NATURE
Whether you are visiting for the first time or a local, the River Walk is a beautiful way to get to know Belle Fourche, the “Beautiful Fork” at the “Center of the Nation.” The paved five-mile path winds throughout the city with ease. Meander down along the miles of paths at your own pace. Enjoy the fresh prairie air and take in the scenic views of the Belle Fourche River. Please see the complete River Walk map on the next page.
17 GREEN SPACES
ARNOLD PARK, STATE ST.
CENTENNIAL PARK, NATIONAL ST.
DISK GOLF 18 HOLE FRISBEE GOLF
AREA, NEAR CENTER OF THE NATION
MONUMENT & MUSEUM (5TH AVE.)
EAGLE PARK, ELKHORN ST.
HERRMANN PARK, 8TH AVE.
HIGHLAND PARK & ICE
RINK, NATIONAL ST.
JONES PARK & SPLASH
PAD, 11TH AVE.
MEMORIAL PARK, NATIONAL ST.
RAIL PARK, STATE ST.
ROBB PARK, STATE ST.
THOMAS C GAY MEMORIAL PARK & PICKLEBALL COURT, NORTH 8TH AVE
WEYLER PARK, 7TH AVE
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Acquiring skills to build the future with BHHS
The Belle Fourche School District has one of the most modern up-to-date Career and Technical Education programs in the state of South Dakota. The School District recognized the need for a job ready workforce that could be prepared to work upon high school graduation. Students can enter the workforce right out of high school or to have the skill base to prepare them to enter Career and Technical Colleges. They are well prepared for the challenges of higher-level technical course work in the field of their choice.
An exciting addition to the heavy equipment simulators will be the opportunity for students to gain driving experience to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Belle Fourche School District, through a matching South Dakota Department of Education Workforce Grant, will purchase two truck driving simulators and a semi-tractor to train high school students in the skills needed to drive a commercial truck. The district will also make classes available to adults. This will begin in the fall of 2023.
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FOURCHE HIGH SCHOOL
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.
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RECREATION • ENTERTAINMENT • COMMUNITY
Our mission is to encourage healthy living by promoting recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities for the citizens of the Northern Hills.
The Belle Fourche Rec Center has served the Belle Fourche area for over 30 years. The Rec Center team live out the mission by putting on a number of events and programs from run/walks to holiday events, to youth basketball, adult volleyball and everything in between.
“Belle Fourche Rec Center is a great asset to our community. It provides a variety of classes and events such a physical, creative, or social activity, offering countless opportunities for all ages. It also provides a place where people can be physically active to reduce stress, which can improve mental health. For people visiting our community you can play basketball, volleyball, walk/run on the track, use workout equipment and swim. Our swimming pool has a waterslide and kiddy pool for the littles.”
Membership & Day Passes Available
2022 was a great year with a record number of participants in virtually all programs and events. The addition of events like Sunrise on State Run/Walk, Egg Hunt in the Pool and Spooky Swim all added variety and all saw success in their first year. The facility saw upgrades with new LED lighting and carpet throughout the facility. 2023 is set to see continue growth with added programs and improvement projects throughout the facility.
The center is home to a 25-meter swimming pool, wading pool, two waterslides, racquetball courts, gymnasium, walking track, auditorium, meeting rooms and more. The facility is a great place to host your events whether it’s a birthday party or a corporate event the Rec Center can accommodate it all!
Make a trip to the Rec Center today and check out all we have going on!
• Volleyball Leagues
• Basketball Leagues
• Group Fitness & Water Fitness Classes
• SilverSneakers® Yoga, Classic, & Circuit
• Strength Training Classes
• Personal Exercise Programs
• Zumba® and More!
• Broncs After The Bell After School Activities
• Swimming Lessons
• Little Dribblers
• Youth Volleyball Camp
• Fast Track to Sports
• Youth Strength & Cardio
• Kids Fitness: Circuit, BOSU®, Yoga, & More
• Teen Nights
Mon - Thurs 5am–9pm
Fri - 5am–8pm
Sat - 8am–6pm
Sun - 1pm–8pm
Mon - Fri
Adult Swim 6–10am
Open Swim 2–7:30pm
Adult Swim 8–10am
Open Swim 10-5:30pm
Open Swim 1–7:30pm
1111 National Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 •605. 892.2467 • BelleFourcheRec.com @BFRECCENTER
The Minnesela Ranch today. Photo by Hunter Anderson
Photos courtesy of the Tri-State Museum
The VVV in early fall of 1911.
BEFORE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, South Dakota, then known as Dakota Territory, was as wild and free as the buffalo and antelope that roamed the open plains. The region was a perfect setting for large cattle operations. Here, along with antelope and buffalo, thousands of head of cattle roamed the rolling hills and plains in the tri-state area. The ranges near the “beautiful fork” was home to the VVV Outfit and its 30,000 head of cattle. (See photo of Minnesela Ranch) From there, cattle grazed west into Wyoming on the Powder River, the Little Powder River and the Little Missouri River. Eventually they entered free grazing country in Montana. Cowpunchers, along with a camp cook and a chuckwagon loaded with supplies accompanied the cattle
When the rail system arrived in 1889, trains became a more efficient means of transporting cattle. It wasn’t long until the tri-state region became one of the largest cattle shipping centers in the nation. By 1894, outbound railcar shipments of cattle totaled 4,700 loads annually. One train car could hold 25-30 head. For nearly 150 years, cattle and livestock in general have been the main commodity of Belle Fourche and tri-state area.
Though the actual livestock exchange market wasn’t built until the 1940s, roundups and auctions were regular events. Approximately 160,000 head of cattle are sold at 52 various sales per year at Belle Fourche Livestock Market, LLC. Today, one could venture to say that this area is still the primary hub for incoming and outgoing cattle.
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Cars of livestock leaving Aladdin, Wyo. in early 1900.
Photos by Jessica Casteel
The legendary Clyde Ice flew supplies to snowbound ranchers in the January Blizzard of 49’. He also flew a local resident to the hospital in Deadwood to have a fractured ankle treated. The roads were impassable due to the severeness of the storm. Clyde is also credited with helping many local ranchers obtain their pilot’s licenses. The Tri-State Mill that produced Trisco Flour is pictured above and is now the home of Dakota Mill & Grain. The dedication ceremony of the current Butte County courthouse in 1912. When driving down 5th St. you will have a great view of the historic building.
was taken at Theodore Roosevelt’s Inaugural Parade. The Newark Daily Advocate quoted the men making comments such as, “Teddy, I wouldn’t have missed seeing you for all the money from hell to Texas!”
Pictur ed in this photo is Charlie Wilson the owner of the legendary bucking horse “Tipperary”.
Boating on the Belle Fourhe River. President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge at Black Hills Roundup
Photos courtesy Tri-State Museum &Visitor Center
BELLE FOURCHE IS COOL AND SWEET IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Downtown Belle Fourche is home to several homemade ice cream outlets. Our little town is home to many great homemade ice cream businesses, and you’ll be sure to find that cure for your sweet tooth. In the heart of downtown, Prairie Hills Pharmacy-Crazee Cow Ice Cream features 16 flavors. Although mainly known for
The team at Torch Creamery takes pride in their fresh ingredient homemade ice cream. They offer eight flavors as well as homemade waffle cones, Italian Ice and cold brew floats with coffee sourced from Belle Fourche’s very own Leaky Pot Café.
This little business, created by two sisters, Tesa and TeaLayna was originally housed in a 1971 Ozark remodeled camper. From these humble beginnings they were able to offer homemade ice cream but more important they were able to provide employment for people with disabilities.
The name for Torch Creamery was inspired by the symbolic Flame of Hope lighting ceremony, an event that kicks off the State Special Olympic Games.
Searching for that perfect scoop of delectable creamy goodness?
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ice cream, Hotshots, Next to the old city hall also serve pastries, fudge, and other confections. Even Belle Flowers on State Street caters to the ice cream crowd. For visitors who don’t mind a short drive, the Dairy Queen is just a few blocks south on highway 85.
Homemade in store, Hot Shots, a one stop shop owned and operated by Greg Mondillo. Serving ice cream, homemade fudge, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, specialty drinks, Italian ice, as well as fresh waffle cones and bowls. As a member of the community for 11 years prides himself in being a chef who, Greg enjoys making and serving a delicious menu with a wide variety. Hot Shots, is open every day of the week with fresh items on the menu, you can find them on 5th Street.
CRAZEE COW ICE CREAM
Prairie Hills Pharmacy moved to State Street and is creating the "old fashioned" pharmacy vibe with the addition of home made ice cream? Crazee Cow Ice Cream gained its title from the girls telling Cindy she was “crazy” for wanting to make ice cream and start another business. Choose from the 16 flavor dipping cabinet with unique flavors of home made ice cream. Stop by and let us know just how “Crazee” we are! Be sure to stop in and request your favorite flavor!
Photo by Hunter Anderson
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BUTTE COUNTY FAIR • Fair Grounds
July 31- August 5, 2023
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Sale Every Friday
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NEWELL • SHEEP CAPITAL OF THE NATION
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NEWELL MUSEUM • 108 3RD ST.
May 30 - Sept 30 • Tues. - Sat. 1 PM to 5 PM
NEWELL SHEEP YARDS • 501 DARTMOUTH AV.
Sale Every Thursday
NEWELL SPLASH PAD • 4TH ST & ELMIRA AVE
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ontacts POLICE DEPARTMENT ........................... 605-892-6237 Dispatch ................................................... 605-892-2737 1010 8th Ave FIRE DEPARTMENT ................................. 605-892-6237 605 National St. VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SERVICE ... 605-892-2254 605 6th Ave POST OFFICE 605-892-2815 805 State St. PUBLIC LIBRARY 605-892-4407 905 5th Ave BUTTE COUNTY TREASURER ................ 605-892-4456 FINANCE OFFICE .................................... 605-892-2494 511 6th Ave AIRPORT ................................................... 605-892-6345 10970 Airport Rd. LANDFILL Scale House .............................................. 605-892-3530 Baler Building 605-723-0485 Water Office ............................................ 605.892.3674 183 N. 8th Ave COMMUNITY CENTER ........................... 605-892-2467 1111 National St. SENIOR CENTER ..................................... 605-892-6285 828 Kingsbury St. COMMUNITY HALL 605-892-2674 512 6th Ave TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CNTR 605-723-1200 415 5th Ave CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 605-892-2676 509 Grant St. BF ECONOMIC DEV. CORP .................... 605-892-5065 608 5th Ave TRI-STATE MUSEUM & VISITOR CNTR.. 605-723-1200 415 5th Ave CENTER OF THE NATION BUS. ASSC. . 605-892-2505 Find more numbers at cityofbellefourche.org C Lunch Menu Dine In Customer Pickup FULL MENU ON FACEBOOK We don't claim to be the best. We are the best! hhhhh hhhhh hhhhh Mon. - Sat. 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sun. 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
• The city was incorporated on April 20th of 1903. Belle Fourche is the largest city and county seat of Butte County. The community is thriving with entrepreneurship, agriculture, manufacturing, & tourism.
10,234 TAXES • MUNICIPALTAX•
HOMEOWNERSHIPRATE • 72.2% AVERAGEHOMEPURCHASEPRICE•
AVG. HIGH 87 ° • SUMMER
AVG. LOW 13 ° • WINTER
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Local residents enjoy the beauty of all four seasons at an elevation of 3,022 ft. In true South Dakota fashion, the seasons can sometimes occur all in one day. Belle Fourche receives an average of 18 inches of rain per year and 30 inches of snow. In the summer and spring seasons, keep an eye on the weather when planning outdoor activities as you may get to experience one of our spectacular thunderstorms. We encourage you to check travel conditions ofter when traveling to and from our city in the winter months.
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Belle Fourche enjoys an average of 227 sunny days per year, 2 weeks more than the national average. Humidity in Belle Fourche is mainly low and comfortable. This makes our coldest and warmest temps throughout the year pleasant.
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