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PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Originally called Matto, from the Dakota name ma-to-nakpa, meaning “Bear’s Ear,” Pierre was renamed in honor of 19th century settler and fur trader Pierre Chouteau in 1880. Brothers Anson and John D. Hilger pushed to rename the city for Chouteau, who helped create a booming fur trade in the region, and built a trading post called Fort Pierre Chouteau not far from present-day Pierre.
State Capitol: The state capitol has different organizations from around the state decorate the “organizational theme” on different trees, as well as the regular decorations for the capitol. It is classic in design and very well maintained in its original condition plus additions. The stained glass is particularly interesting. Beautiful grounds and building. Pierre is a small city and in the middle of the expansive prairies, but worth the drive to see this part of the country. Located on a picturesque lake with several memorials – one for our Service men & women as well as honoring the Police, fire and EMT folks who have died working for the safety of those who live in SD! Lovely lady in the gift shop who will explain the State bird and flower. The dome is very impressive too. Well worth the trip.
Cultural Heritage Center: It is not a huge place as far as the museum section goes but it is packed with a wealth of real artifacts and history. The tour starts with a brief history of prehistorical stuff and move right into the Native American cultures. There is a lot of info here, not just book info but real life writings, historical input, tons of Native artifacts right through to the demise and start of reservation life and now. Same with the French trappers, settlers, Army, wars, etc. Then you move into the 1900’s with the people who made the Dakota’s (especially South) what they are today. Live the war years from Indian to present, see the contributions this state made. Very well laid out with items, dioramas, authentic wagons, weapons, personal effects of everyday people. A tipi to visit and then stop in a settler’s sod house, see an original stage coach move on to gold panning and mining. A few interactive activities for kids. The admission was very reasonable. Well worth the time.
South Dakota Discovery Center: There are many hands-on exhibits to educate the kiddos on nature and elemental forces, giving young students insights into many aspects of practical value such as electricity. There is a wide variety of exhibits and it is amazing just how much fun they’ve managed to fit in such a compact space. This is a safe fun place for the whole family!
South Dakota National Guard Museum: They had some big things housed outside airplanes tanks etc. They had displayed an old Military large wood stove complete with a cook book showing how much is needed to feed a 100 people. It is free for everyone and the lady who manages it does a fantastic job taking you around on a tour. There is a lot to look at, even with small children. They also have a kid’s corner for them to dress up in different military uniforms. Original weapons, vehicles, artifacts…and in an arena where anyone that is working there will likely give you a personal tour because they are working out of passion rather than punching a clock. The Sherman tank and A-7 are extraordinarily accessible because they’re right out front but the weapons and militaria inside are worth calling ahead to confirm open-hours – expect to see weapons from the U.S., Britain, Germany, Japan, Russia.
La Framboise Island: Once called “I’ll humored island” by Lewis and Clark has been maintained as a natural preserve. There are hiking trails into the woods. You can enjoy the trail by the river, which is excellent for running, walking, or biking. Located right in Pierre, it’s super convenient and beautiful.
South Dakota State Historical Society Museum: The State Historical Society has created an unusual and very interesting display of artifacts, stories and visuals about the history of the Dakotas and its pioneering people. This museum is good for adults and children. The historical society’s extensive archives are housed in the same facility, and the staff is both very knowledgeable and helpful. The park area surrounding the facility is beautiful, great for walking around in and for picnics. The State’s beautiful government buildings are in the same area and can be toured.
From TPA, you need to fly into Sioux Falls Regional Airport. There is not a direct flight but visiting Pierre is well worth the trip. Sioux Falls is a short drive in your rental car. Give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-2700 and we will be happy to make this a special vacation for you and yours.
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