Murdo, South Dakota: Original 1880 Town

More than 30 turn-of-the-century South Dakota buildings, plus movie props and memorabilia from Dances with Wolves!
Hwy. 16, Murdo, SD
I-90 exit 170, north side.
Jun-Sep. daily 6 am - sunset; May, Oct. 9 am - sunset. Closed Nov-Apr. (Call to verify)
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Cowboy costumes.

Original 1880 Town

Stopped at Original 1880 Town, and it was awesome. Our kids said they didn't want to go, but they loved it! We all dressed up and walked around town, pretending we were shop owners, cowboys, and can-can girls!

[Julie Jobinger, 07/16/2015]

1880 Town.

Original 1880's Town

Great place to stretch your legs. Grab your camera, pay for period costumes for the kids, and run around this recreated town taking pictures and making memories. Walk the 1 mile to the homestead and talk with your kids about SD blizzards and walking to school. Visit both churches. Play cards with a cheater. Pretend you're L.I. Wilder, and let your bonnet flap down your back as you run through the prairie. Worth the time. Located very close to I-90.

[Melissa, 12/26/2014]
Original 1880 Town

Some of the buildings are in such disrepair that they are unsafe to walk in. The ceilings are falling down on you as you walk through. They have a lot of items that are not period correct, looks like yard sale items. Other parts are great.

[Rick McDonald, 05/19/2013]

Dances with Wolves props.

Original 1880 Town

Amazing little town. The saloon serves popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks. They have a little show you can stay and watch. The Dances With Wolves movie props are great. The only thing they are missing are the 1800 people working and living in the town.

[S Clausen, 06/20/2012]

Doc Adams sign.

Original 1880 Town

Constant improvements at the Original 1880 Town, yet rustic/realistic. Better than most pioneer towns. Big ups for s**tty mannequins too!

[Darren Collins, 07/19/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton DinosaurSkeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur, Murdo, SD - < 1 mi.
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Whitetail Deer Made of Car PartsWhitetail Deer Made of Car Parts, Kadoka, SD - 19 mi.
In the region:
Scrap Metal Horse, Philip, SD - 38 mi.

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