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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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Description: 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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This historic site tells the story of the areas families and homesteaders very well. If you are at all into history, this is a must. Kids will love to dress up in homesteader... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Laramie, Wyoming
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Laramie, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This historic site tells the story of the areas families and homesteaders very well. If you are at all into history, this is a must. Kids will love to dress up in homesteader clothes and learn the struggles our forefathers ensured for a free life of their own.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We stopped here on our way to Badlands NP. There is a short movie and then you self-guide to some old buildings...a sod house, chicken coop, storage cellar, and barn. I thought it was rather expensive for what was there.

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South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was a fun, interesting attraction. White prairie dogs barking at us as we got out of the car. Staff was a pleasant older fella. We stopped here after going on the Loop road from Pinnacles Entrance. Nice gift shop. Actual old homestead site of the owners family. What a way to honor them. The sod house with the added... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I really enjoyed this place! Costumes available! You can walk into all the buildings which most places won't let you. It was interesting to see exactly how people lived during the 1800's. Friendly staff too!

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Northridge, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Stopped here with the wife after a visit to Badlands National Park. My wife wanted to see the sod house. We watched the movie and paid the fee. We saw buildings and the views. Not much really to spend a lot of time on. The Prairie Dogs were probably the best thing.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Settling on the prairie was a hard life. This site has restored a homestead, and provides a glimpse into the harsh reality of life on the Dakota prairie. I like the quote - " the government is betting the 160 acres against the $18 paid, that we would be alive in 5 years." Well worth the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I stopped off at Prairie Homestead Historic Site while on a several hour Badlands tour. I found it very interesting to see how people lived on their homestead land. For me, though, it's all about photography and there were tons of photo opts for me there! I even took pictures of the pantry and table settings and had enlargements made... More 

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Situated a few miles north of the eastern end of the Badlands state park, it's worth stopping at this in situ museum. A self-guided tour of the dugout house with sod walls and dirt floor is humbling but informative to all and especially to LHOP fans. There is a root cellar, a chicken coop, all constructed to weather the harsh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Loved this place!! A simple and authentic glimpse into the life of a homesteading family. Informative short film, historical pics and literature. Very friendly, knowledgable staff. No hype, just living history, at your own pace. Spend about 1/2 hr to 1 hour. This IS Little House on the Prairie. About $7 admission. Very well worth the price of admission for... More 

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Hannibal, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I was especially interested in seeing the Prairie Homestead because of the books I have read that were set in places like this. I had trouble visualizing the sod houses in my books. At the Prairie Homestead I had all of my questions answered. The Homestead is an actual homestead from 1909. The home was nearly all original, right down... More 

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