Teddy Roosevelt in 1910 parade.

Tornado Beam, Teddy Roosevelt Car

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

This free museum offers many artifacts of regional and historical note. We originally contacted them about Nipper the Hero Collie, then heard about a few roadside-y treasures.

The museum displays a Fawick Flyer, one of five early automobiles built in a local garage. Young Sioux Falls inventor Thomas Fawick designed it, one of the first cars with four doors. Teddy Roosevelt rode in the novel internal combustion car during a 1910 parade through the city.

On July 9, 1932, the force of a tornado tore away a steel bridge girder that was 12-ft. long and drove it into a thick tree trunk a thousand feet away. A portion of the tree trunk, curved steel beam, and photos of the aftermath are in a permanent exhibit about "Violent Winds."

Unfortunately, the museum no longer publicly displays the pelt of Nipper, a collie who in 1938 saved an 18-month old child who had fallen into a water tank. Nipper was run over by a truck soon after, but his furry hide was preserved. Nipper's pelt made an appearance in a temporary exhibit about dogs before going back into storage; we hope he turns up again.

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Tornado Beam, Teddy Roosevelt Car

Old Courthouse Museum

200 W. 6th St., Sioux Falls, SD
Old Courthouse Museum, NW corner of Main and W. 6th St.
M-F 8-5, Th 8-9, Sa 9-5, Su 12-5. Closed major holidays. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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