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Why Not? It’s Free!

If you’ve ever driven I-90 across South Dakota, you’d know that the state is not afraid to advertise its charms.  In addition to the ubiquitous signage for the famous Wall Drug, there is also 1880 Town, and one of my … Continue reading

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New Top Ten!

It’s been almost five years since I posted the “Top Ten Places to See on the Great Plains Trail,” and while some things are going to remain the same, a lot has changed as far as routing and highlights are … Continue reading

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The Great Plains – It’s a National Treasure

The subject came up recently about how many sites of national significance the Great Plains Trail will pass through (in its currently envisioned state, which is subject to variations).  For the sake of this blog post, I will consider only … Continue reading

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Roadside Attractions III

Here are a few more shots from the most recent GPT scouting mission.  They include places in Oglala National Grassland in Nebraska, Buffalo Gap National Grassland in South Dakota as well as a few spots in the Black Hills. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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Paha Sapa

When it comes to mountains on the Great Plains, the Black Hills of South Dakota take center stage.  No other major landform of the plains has anywhere near the influence that the Black Hills has on the region’s geography, culture, … Continue reading

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The Creation of the World and Tom’s Hat

To the west of the Badlands, tucked away near the southern end of the Black Hills, and just south of Custer State Park, is a little gem of a park called Wind Cave National Park.  Wind Cave National Park is home … Continue reading

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Buffalo Jump

Great news is coming out of South Dakota where Wind Cave National Park just added over 5,500 acres to the southern end of the park.  The land was a former ranch which was purchased by The Conservation Fund before being … Continue reading

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