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Cowboy Ghost Town

I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
605-528-3931
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Type: History Museums
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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Having read a few reviews on here, we went along with mixed expectations. The displays are a bit dusty, but there are so many artifacts from back in the day that the dust kind of adds a bit of authenticity to the experience. The animatronics are a bit creepy, especially the ones that have glass eyes moving about, but like... More

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Herman
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We drove up to the site and turned around and left. Were not impressed with the looks and did not see anything as advertised. Sorry - wasn't going to spend the money for it.

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

It is clear to me from reading the other reviews that some people are naive and lack imagination. YES, this place is run down. YES, the displays are creepy. THAT IS THE APPEAL! This is one of the most unique places I have ever been to, and I have seen a lot of 'tourist traps' around the U.S. There is... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Completely run down. Half of the animatronics didn't work and what did sounded terrible and were in poor condition. The buildings were horribly run down to practically falling apart. The kids kept asking where all the people were. There weren't any. At $8 per adult and $4 for children I left feeling robbed. I would not recommend stopping.

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Sammamish, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Set your expectations: it's an odd, very dusty place. The proprietor was very friendly though. If you need to stretch your legs on a road trip, stop. If you miss it, no need to kick yourself. My family and I wondered if we'd entered the Twilight Zone!

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London, England
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330 reviews 330 reviews
163 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Another example of a "Heritage Town" but this time branded as a ghost town, and I can believe it. Sure it is run down, but what would you expect a Ghost Town to look like, Downtown Anywheresville ? From the moment you enter the visitor center ( I guess that's its name) and shop (well sort of) you get the... More

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Great stop my kids learned a lot we almost did not stop do to the other reviews and I am very glad we stopped

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Mound, Minnesota, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

So everything is all dusty. The man warned another the couple that the Buffalo are so mean that he didn't suggest getting close to the fence. Some man followed me around harassing me to buy stuff. Lots of stuff is there from the 70's and dusty. This was actually all very neat and stereotypical of some old-timey stop, and we... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Not sure what or how to review this place. It's interesting, yes. But certainly in need of some repairs.

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Bloomfield, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We stopped here for gas and thought we'd get a buffalo burger but the kitchen didn't seem to be in much use. We opted not to tour the ghost town and the animatronic machines didn't seem to be in use for a long time. The dust on everything (lots of buffalo products and fire works) says they don't get a... More

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