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Prairie Homestead Historic Site

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Address: 21070 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5400
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Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and...

Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.

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A wonderful experience

For anyone who is interested in how settlers had to cope in these remote places and how they survived - then this is the place to come to. The hardships that they had to overcome... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone who is interested in how settlers had to cope in these remote places and how they survived - then this is the place to come to. The hardships that they had to overcome, the harsh, cold winters and the hot summers, the constant threat of drought, poor soils, etc, it is no wonder that many of them gave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Go through the visitors' center/gift shop and past the prairie dog holes to visit the Prairie Homestead, one of the few remaining intact sod houses left. At first I thought the white prairie dogs sticking their heads out of the holes were stuffed animals, but they aren't! The small compound consists of the house, an outhouse, root cellar, and barn.... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 601 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We stopped here on the spur of the moment and found the admission fee to be reasonable. The proprietor was pleasant and I shared a laugh with her over another tourist. He was unaware that this was not part of Badlands National Park, and was then mildly outraged that they wanted an admission fee. He was even more astounded and... More 

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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Was very interesting to walk around and look inside the house and other buildings to see how people lived back then. It makes you wonder why people would settle in such a desolate, dry, windy place (makes you appreciate today's living). The front yard was filled with feisty, cute fat prairie dogs - first time we've ever seen them -... More 

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Moscow, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Couple dollars to get in, but the area was very well kept. There is a nice history lesson for how early settlers lived and survived out hereon the plains. I loved the early farm equipment on display.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

CJ and I checked this place out on the way to Badlands National Park. Having made our Minuteman Missile NHS guided tour appointment for right after lunch, we were tight for time. We accordingly elected not to take the tour, and instead browsed the shop and inspected the antique farm equipment out front by the picnic table. This little collection... More 

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We made sure to stop in and were glad we did. Just so happened to meet the man who used to live in this dwelling. He was an absolute delight to talk with. You see the film and do a self guided tour. What an eye-opener to see the hardships of life on the prairie. Learned so much talking with... More 

Thank Donna N
Sparta, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Yes it is a tourist trap, but worth the couple of bucks you pay to see it. Interesting to see how people used to live back in the day.

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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We thought this would be a tourist trap, but it was a highlight of our trip. We have heard of sod homes and "Little House on the Prairie" but the reality was a surprise. A few gallons of well water a day at most, no electricity, dirt floors, outdoor privy, and dust everywhere. It was a hard life and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Went with my 5 year old boy and husband. Not only was it educational, but also entertaining. I have always heard about "sod" houses, now I get it. Super cool. Also, Jerry at the desk was very nice and informative. Then there was Jerry who takes care of the animals. We were there at closing and Jerry comes to put... More 

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