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Wasta, South Dakota: 27-Foot Tall Buffalo Bill

A full-color 27-ft. tall fiberglass statue of the famous frontiersman, clad in his frilled buckskins. Built in 1967, stood in Sioux Falls for decades, moved cross-state to this location in 2021.

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50 C Ave., Wasta, SD
I-90 exit 98. Drive north, and you'll quickly see the statue, on the east side of C Ave. just north of its intersection with Ash St.
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Giant Buffalo Bill Statue

This statue was originally near Wall, where it was known as "General Custer," but it was taken down at some point. We saw it last fall in Wasta and it looks like it is in really good condition. Right off of Interstate 90.

[Teresa Blakeney, 02/27/2022]

Wasta is known for its annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo, which is why this 1967 statue was restored and moved here.

Buffalo Bill?

Giant Buffalo Bill Statue

A large statue of [Buffalo Bill Cody] looks out toward the interstate.

[Travis Fulk, 01/24/2006]

Amended to Buffalo Bill Cody from an earlier ID as General George Custer. General Custer is usually in uniform -- and surrounded.

August 2008: The land formerly occupied by Cody's Tavern and Grill has been leveled, and the Giant Buffalo Bill Statue is gone. It was reportedly purchased and trucked to a ranch in Renner, only three miles north of here. The statue was reported lying prone on the property in late 2007.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Armed Forces MuseumArmed Forces Museum, Wasta, SD - < 1 mi.
Wall Drug StoreWall Drug Store, Wall, SD - 11 mi.
40-Foot-Tall Jackalope40-Foot-Tall Jackalope, Wall, SD - 12 mi.
In the region:
Ghost Town Named Scenic, Scenic, SD - 21 mi.

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