Buffalo Ridge, South Dakota: 1880 Cowboy Town

Abe Lincoln never visited South Dakota, but his robot is part of a fake 1880s South Dakota main street, built by a retired school teacher. Wild West robots and cryptic displays, too.

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Abe Lincoln, 2017.

1880 Cowboy Town

Abe no longer talks these days, just kinda stands there and contemplates State's Rights. Dean Songstad passed away December 23, 2016. Brad is still running 1880 Cowboy Town and imparting western knowledge. Come check the place out!

[Ron Renken, 06/12/2017]

Our forensic scan of Ron's photo notes these changes since our 2008 discovery: 1) his wonky eyes were never repaired, but since the stovepipe hat over them was also traumatizing children, he was outfitted with Lost and Found shades; 2) when Abe's face started sliding off, duct tape secured it to his scalp (hidden beneath his hat); 3) his hat finally fell off, perhaps blown by the cruel winds of entropy.

1880 Cowboy Town.

1880 Cowboy Town

Weird and creepy as ever. Many of the robots no longer had a button that worked. Entrance to 1880 Cowboy Town was $8 per person over 12 years old.

[Kristin, 06/11/2017]

1880 Cowboy Town.

1880 Cowboy Town

This place was incredible, but get a tetanus shot. I'm positive it's haunted.

[Nate Payne, 06/22/2016]

World's Largest Six Shooter.

1880 Cowboy Town

A "bad" cowboy town in contrast to the "good" cowboy town in Murdo (where Dances with Wolves was filmed). We enjoyed the roughness of this town (and the lower price), especially because of the tour details provided by the elderly man.

[eric schansberg, 07/25/2012]

That man was most likely Dean Songstadt, who helped to build the town back in the 1960s. We wish all cowboy towns were as "bad" as this one -- we thought it was great!

See the Ghost Horse Comanche.

1880 Cowboy Town

Found this with the iPhone app, stopped and entered the store, smelled it, and left -- feeling a little creeped out. Our ten-year old daughter caught wind of what we had just left, and all four children wanted to go back, so we did. It was educational, if not a teeny bit cryptic. Comanche the Ghost Horse was a huge favorite, and Abe Lincoln's speech left us, well, speechless. We are glad we went back. This is road tripping at its best!

[turvinator, 06/29/2012]

1880 Cowboy Town gets our highest endorsement. Keeping robots employed since the... 1880s!

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1880 Cowboy Town

46614 W. Hwy 38, Buffalo Ridge, SD
Out behind the Buffalo Ridge Country Store. I-90 exit 390, then drive west a quarter-mile on Hwy 38.
Adults $8
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