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Cowboy Ghost Town

I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
+1 605-528-3931
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The nicest thing I can say is that it is unforgettable.

On a recent road trip, we were looking for things to do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We decided... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2017
Cathleen P
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Decided against it

We had planned on visiting this attraction..until we got there. Signs, fences and buildings that... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2017
ladyme1
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Portland, Maine
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  • Excellent13%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor21%
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“gas station” (2 reviews)
“americana” (4 reviews)
“roadside” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
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+1 605-528-3931
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

On a recent road trip, we were looking for things to do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We decided to try the Buffalo Ridge Ghost Town. We almost missed it as the sign is quite faded and it looks more like a gas station. The...More

1  Thank Cathleen P
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

We had planned on visiting this attraction..until we got there. Signs, fences and buildings that appeared to be falling down. One car in the parking lot ,probably an employee. To be honest, from a distances it seemed to be in shambles. Road leading to to...More

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

This is the most upsetting place I have ever been to. The history is completely off or just completely inaccurate, and it is completely whitewashed. Also NOTHING is upkept and the buffalo do not have enough roaming area for a herd of 13 and most...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This place is unique, rustic, rundown, dusty and amazing. Not for the faint of heart, must be open minded. Walking through you really get a feel for someone's dream and should be able to admire their vision. Almost like a South Dakota House on the...More

1  Thank Erica C
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

You love this place or hate it, depending on your affection for roadside attractions that were constructed long ago, became obsolete, and have somehow survived to the present. Places like this are so rare that they might be called living dinosaurs. Personally, I think Cowboy...More

1  Thank Citallwic
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Reviewed October 28, 2016

This was a cute little stop to get gas on the way to CO. The owner was very friendly and showed us around. Had some great old time automated (quarter operated) features such as a gorilla playing a piano and singing and a old western...More

Thank azureglow
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Reviewed September 20, 2016

PROs: -Unique -Spooky, just right for Halloween -A bunch of “mini” buffaloes, never seen before -Some of the mannequins do work (Opera House, the Bar) and they are great - Creator/Owner on the premises (85 years young) and willing to chat CONs: -It's all fake...More

1  Thank Oliver S
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Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

After reading reviews decided to stop and also hoped to pick up some post cards. Yes it was outdated and rundown but it was what we expected. Historically informative and a chance to see a small buffalo herd. Didn't stay long as an owner by...More

3  Thank Dawn L
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Reviewed December 30, 2015

There's so many awesome things about this place it's hard to name them all. I loved this place as a kid and now I love it as an adult for completely different reasons. Plenty to see from a creepy robotic Abe Lincoln to a creepy...More

4  Thank Jeff R
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Reviewed August 18, 2015

The first thing that came to mind when we got here was Yul Brenner in the movie West World. He played a android cowboy that went insane. Second thing, Kiss Meets the Phantom Of The Park. I half expected any one of these robots to...More

8  Thank Kristen5671
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