The Great American Road Trip – 1880 Town
This is what road trips are all about. Driving down the road with some snacks and tunes when something on the side catches your eye. And of course you have to, gotta, need to stop!
That’s how we stumbled across the 1880s town off I-90 in South Dakota. Best $19 I ever spent! ($12 for entry and $7 for the costumes).
The 1880 Town contains original 1880s buildings relocated from all over South Dakota. There’s a museum, movie props from Dances with Wolves, and a homestead.
We were running around like idiots, sweating bullets under the mid-day sun and sashaying from building to building. All sillyness aside, it was wonderful to take the time to explore the nooks and crannies and history of each building and to picture what life might have been. I always geek out with period rooms (like the 1770s period rooms at the Met, or Versaille) feeling this odd closeness to the people who once slept in the beds, and the toasts given with the champagne flutes.. As if I could reach out and touch the object and immediately be transported back to it’s heyday. Come on time travel machine!
Anywho, this was truly a gem and we laughed until our sides hurt.