Another happy travel surprise was the discovery of 1880 town in South Dakota. Just a few hours after coming across the Porter Sculpture Park I ran into this place. It’s a collection of actual “wild west” building scavenged from across the US, restored, and moved to this one location to recreate what a real town would have looked like in that era. It’s an amazing piece of American history that you can stroll thru for a mere $9. Hollywood has come here to shoot several films, most notable Dances With Wolves and a news crew shooting as I wandered around. I was told that the scavengers from one of the antique shows had been there the day before.
The sun was beginning to hand low in the sky as I arrived which lent all my photos that great golden glow of sunset. I wandered from building to building taking in a slice of what life must have been like then. I particularly appreciated the buildings’ interiors. I’d expected them to be empty shells but instead they were outfitted with furniture and objects of the period. The school house with its desks and books was particularly fun to walk thru.