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Touring Northeastern South Dakota

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A May 2000 trip to Redfield by cd19

Nicollet Tower Photo, Redfield, South Dakota More Photos
Quote: Touring six counties in northeastern South Dakota allows you to experience the country loved by Laura Engalls Wilder and painted by Harvey Dunn.

Touring Northeastern South Dakota

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Overview

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Nicollet Tower, Redlin Art Center, Saks Restaurant, Council Rocks

Quick Tips:

Fly to Aberdeen, South Dakota and rent a car.

Best Way To Get Around:

Driving is the best way to get around.

Perkins Restaurant

Restaurant

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Eat lunch at the Perkins Restaurant on Highway 212 at the junction with Highway 81. You'll find it across the parking lot from a forty-foot cowboy statue. He stands there with his saddle in hand, staring into the distance. No doubt his horse has abandoned him at a full gallop. Perkins' food is consistently good. The attendants are gracious and friendly. You are greeted by a hostess who sits you amid spacious tables. She works behind a counter that sells take-out pies and pastries. Lunch here will leave you with a welcome taste in your mouth after punishing your feet walking through the Terry Redlin Art Center. Fresh in-story bakery provides pies and pastries to stop the grumbling of almost...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2000

Perkins Restaurant
Junction Highway 212 and Highway 81
Watertown, South Dakota
(605) 882-3700

Saks Family Restaurant

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Restaurant | "SAKS RESTAURANT"

Saks Family Restaurant Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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Saks Restaurant is a splendid place to eat in a comfortable setting out here on the prairie. It is the place to dine in Redfield, South Dakota a one traffic light town. This place is similar to many prairie towns created by the arrival of the railroad, but with a difference. It began life as a railroad town where the roundhouse was located at the junction of two rail lines. The roundhouse served to rotate the engine to change directions of the train. Redfield is now a center for Pheasant hunting and calls itself The Pheasant Capitol of the World. Near the old railroad station where U.S. Highway 281 departs Highway 212 and heads south is Saks Restaurant, an excellent location to meet and gre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2000

Saks Family Restaurant
724 W 3rd Street
Redfield, South Dakota 57469
(605) 472-1626

Council Rock

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Attraction

Council Rock Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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To visit Council Rock, go north of Redfield, South Dakota three miles on Highway 281, turn right on County Road 15, called Two Bridges Road. Cross the railroad tracks and a bridge over the James River. Up the hill on the right is a house. There is where Council Rock is now located. Originally it was 300 feet north across the road from its present location which is in the yard of the county's first school house. Long years before the steam engine was developed or settlers came to this territory, the area three or four miles north of Redfield, South Dakota was an important Indian village. Nearby atop the highest hill was a circle of stones that served as a meeting place for all the tribes. Here i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Council Rock
County Road 15 or Two Bridges Road
Redfield, South Dakota

Two Bridges Llama Ranch

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Two Bridges Llama Ranch Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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To visit Two Bridges Llama Ranch, go north of Redfield, South Dakota three miles, turn right on County Road 15 (Two Bridges Road), cross the railroad tracks and river, go past the small house on the hill a half mile and turn down a long driveway. In addition to seeing a working llama ranch, you will see a plethora of Indian artifacts. The owners sell llamas as pets and for breeding stock. Wool is taken from the llamas by combing, not shearing. The ranch owner has a pickup truck full of stone axes and three milk buckets full of arrowheads found on the property. The Sioux had a butchering ground near their village. One artifact of particular interest is a stone three in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Two Bridges Llama Ranch
County Road 15 or Two Bridges Road
Redfield, South Dakota

Dean's Barbershop

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Dean's Barbershop Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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There is a neat, clean little village half a mile south of Highway 212 where it makes a long curve ten miles east of Redfield. It is one of those towns in this region where cultivated fields begin at the edge of unfenced backyards, a very quiet place with single-family dwellings. You can hear the crickets snoring. No howling dogs break the peace. Approaching it you see one tall landmark, the South Dakota Wheat Grower's Association grain elevator sitting alongside the old railroad tracks. The railroad brought the elevator and town into being, then departed. Now grain is hauled away by eighteen wheel, semi-trailer trucks. One of the oldest structures in the village is a barbershop built in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2000

Dean's Barbershop
Main Street
Redfield, South Dakota

Terry Redlin Art Center Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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Exiting I-29 and joining U.S. Highway 212 westbound, you will find the Redlin Art Center close by on the south side of the the highway. It is Watertown, South Dakota's proudest sight to see, recommended to all tourists and natives alike. Here is how the center came into being. It is said as a young man Terry Redlin wanted to be a Forest Ranger, loved animals and wanted to work in the outdoors. Then one day he took his first ride on a motorcycle, on the back with a friend. There was a crash and his legs were crippled. This put a stop to any thought of being a Forest Ranger and he studied to be an artist. Redlin succeeded mightily as an artist and was granted great acclaim by the art world. His w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 27, 2000

Terry Redlin Art Center
1200 - 33rd Street South East / Mickelson Drive
Redfield, South Dakota 57201 - 7103
(605) 882-3877

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Attraction | "Family Fun in Aberdeen, South Dakota"

Aberdeen, South Dakota Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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Just over the rainbow is where you'll find Aberdeen's magical theme park - Storybook Land! Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion will all greet you as you begin your journey down the Yellow Brick Road. Enter a land of enchantment that includes over 60 larger than life exhibits. Climb aboard Captain Hook's Ship, visit the animals at Old MacDonald's Farm, but whatever you do, don't get lost in the maze! A ride around the park on the Storybook Land Express is always a hit. L. Frank Baum, noted author and resident of Aberdeen from 1888 to 1891, penned the timeless children's classic - The Wizard of Oz. The theme, settings and characters from the Wizard of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2000

Aberdeen, South Dakota
1 mile north of Aberdeen on Highway 281
Redfield, South Dakota

Fort Sisseton, South Dakota

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Attraction

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A couple dozen miles west of Sisseton, South Dakota is historic old Fort Sisseton which is still standing. When first constructed in 1864 it was called Fort Wadsworth and renamed Fort Sisseton in 1876, taking the name of the local Indian tribe. To get to the fort from I-29, take U.S. Highway 12 west about 24 miles, then Highways 25 and 73 north about another 24 miles. Or, from I-29 take Highway 10 west about 26 miles, then Highway 73 south about 5 miles. Walk the grounds where the officers' quarters, stone barracks, powder magazine, guard house, and other buildings remain at frontier Fort Sisseton. This 1864 fort, atop the Coteau des Prairies (or hills of the prairies),...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Fort Sisseton, South Dakota
Highway 73
Redfield, South Dakota

Stavig House Museum

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Stavig House Museum Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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Hans and Magnus Stavig emigrated from Norway to Sisseton, South Dakota and built an elegant three-story Victorian home in 1916. It has a wrap-around porch and a splendid corner tower. It is an historic artifact of a bygone era. Polished wood floors with glass and oak woodwork and ten bedrooms housed the family and other immigrants recently arrived. The Stavig home became a Museum bequeathed to Roberts County by Andrew Stavig's daughter, Matilda. She died at age 90 in 1994 after living her entire life in this house. A magnificent collection of letters written back and forth to relatives in Norway are worth seeing. Stavig House is open on Thursdays through Mondays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:0...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Stavig House Museum
112 West First Avenue
Sisseton, South Dakota

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Fisher Grove State Park is seven miles east of Redfield, South Dakota on Highway 212. The land was once a river crossroad for pioneers going east and west across the James River that begins in North Dakota and spills into the Missouri River down at the Nebraska border. It is 277 acres with 28 campsites. Nineteen have electrical hookups. Long-term campsites are also available. There is a restored 1884 one-room school building. The park lies alongside the James River where you may enjoy fishing, boating and canoeing. There are also playgrounds, hiking trails and picnic shelters. Fisher Grove State Park is open year-round. Gates are open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 1 through September 30; and 6 a.m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2000

Fisher Grove State Park
Highway 212 seven miles east of Redfield
Redfield, South Dakota

Dakota Nation Gaming

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Dakota Nation Gaming Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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Open 24 Hours the Dakota Connection Casino is located in Sisseton, South Dakota, and is owned and operated by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Not sure how to get there? Call Toll Free 1-800-542-2876 They feature live Poker, Blackjack, Keno and Craps, Roulette and Pari-Mutuel Betting, along with over 600 Reel Slot Machines. There also have a hotel, restaurant and Convention Center within the facility. Each hotel room contains: data ports, telephone and cable TV, an arcade for children, a gift shop/smoke shop, a Jacuzzi and indoor pool, an exercise room plus fax and mail service. The hotel includes eight two-room suites and some luxury rooms with king-size beds and Jacuzzis in the rooms as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Dakota Nation Gaming
I-29 North
Redfield, South Dakota

Nicollet Tower

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Attraction

Nicollet Tower Photo, Redfield, South Dakota
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You can see South Dakota the way the first map maker saw it. Near Sisseton is a geographical feature that was named by Joseph Nicollet. He was a French scientist who mapped the land between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in 1838-39. One of his favorite locations was this rise in the earth. He called it 'Coteau des Prairies,' a French word that means 'Prairie Hills.' We will begin in Aberdeen, South Dakota. We flew to Aberdeen, rented a car and followed highway 281 north for twenty miles, turned right and went east on South Dakota Highway 10 toward Sisseton. East of Britton the land begins to rise. It is the region named 'Coteau des Prairies,' French for Hills of the Prairie. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2000

Nicollet Tower
Highway 10
Redfield, South Dakota

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