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Cowboy Ghost Town

I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
+1 605-528-3931
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run down and outdated - save your money and time

We stopped by the Cowboy ghost town, confusing it with the 1880 town (which was MUCH better). They... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
flu
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Chicago, Illinois
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 12 October 2017
Cathleen P
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor20%
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11 Jul 2018
“run down and outdated - save your money and time”
12 Oct 2017
“The nicest thing I can say is that it is unforgettable.”
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I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
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+1 605-528-3931
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

We stopped by the Cowboy ghost town, confusing it with the 1880 town (which was MUCH better). They are two completely different places. This place in Buffalo Ridge has a facade which reminds you of a bad movie - run down, dusty, unmaintained. The animatronics...More

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Reviewed 12 October 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

6  Thank Cathleen P
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Reviewed 22 September 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

1  Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 20 August 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

2  Thank naomi p
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Reviewed 7 August 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 29 October 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 28 October 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 20 September 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 31 July 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 29 December 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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