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Cowboy Ghost Town

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Address: I-90 Exit 390, Buffalo Ridge, SD 57105
Phone Number: 605-528-3931

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Just in time for Halloween

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Oliver S
New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 and some of the stories have their facts confused. Severe idiosyncrasies, i.e. for some reason,... More 

Thank Oliver S
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1 of 5 stars 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 Yes it was outdated and rundown but it was what we expected.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 the name of Mr. Brad Sonstad was busy arguing with a customer over the 20cent... More 

Thank Dawn L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I drove 580 miles round trip just to see cowboy town, yes it is run downed, but it was all so interesting to see and to imagine what it looked like back in the day. I spent nearly 2 hours walking around and talking with a 85 year old gentleman (didn't get his name). Had a good time, took alot... More 

2 Thank Terry J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 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 robotic piano playing ape. It has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. You can... More 

2 Thank Jeff R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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 go rogue and start a murderous rampage. It would have been a short rampage as... More 

6 Thank Kristen5671
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My love for roadside Americana is one of the biggest reasons I spend so much time and money traveling this country’s highways and byways. The more unique, odd, or quirky the attraction, the better I like it. I don’t even mind if it’s old and tattered like this Buffalo Ridge beauty. With all due regard for the reviewers who fault... More 

4 Thank Citallwic
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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 

4 Thank HolidayLeech
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank Terry L
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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 

15 Thank Joey B
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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.

2 Thank Valerie K

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