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Belle Fourche, South Dakota: Center of the Nation Monument

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Tri-State Museum

Address:
415 Fifth Ave., Belle Fourche, SD
Directions:
I-90 exit 10. US 85 north ten miles. A couple of blocks north of the railroad tracks at Faulk St., on the right, on the north side of the Visitor Information Center and Tri-State Museum.
Hours:
Museum: Tu-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
605-723-1200
Admission:
Monument: free. Museum: $2
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Geographic Center of the Nation.

Center of the Nation Monument

A large engraved patio allows you to stand in the exact spot of geographical middleness -- sort of -- for novelty snapshots.

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Center of the Nation Monument.

Center of the Nation Monument

Friendly staff in the Museum, and they now have a small 18 hole disc golf course behind the monument and flags, which adds a fun little pit stop.

[Laura K, 08/08/2023]

Center of the Nation Monument.

Center of the Nation Monument

Due to Covid-19, the museum and cabin are closed. But the actual monument is outdoors and can be easily seen...

[TheKGB, 10/09/2020]
Center of the Nation Monument

Nice quick stop to stretch legs and walk around. Make sure you walk around to the back of the museum. That is where the actual monument is located.

[Stefane, 06/25/2020]

Center of the Nation Monument.

Center of the Nation Monument

There is an old cabin there that was the first home built in the entire county with a plaque and life story of the man who built it. Two stories, too, which was novel for the time. It's very impressive and everything in it is period.

The information center is half info and half museum, with info on surrounding states too, and great area gift shop. The museum is quite large, and plays the John Wayne movie The Cowboys on a loop, since it features Belle Fourche (where all the area cattle were driven to before being shipped, by rail, to Chicago).

The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. And the monument is very nicely done.

[Jessica, 09/07/2016]

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