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Sioux Falls is thousands of miles from any ocean, so it might seem likely an unlikely location to find a memorial for a battleship, but in Sherman Park that’s exactly what you’ll find. This is the home to the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial. The ship, which saw service in World War II in the Pacific from 1942 through 1945, is honored in a small museum that is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Another historically significant building is the Pettigrew House, which is a late Victorian Queen Anne home that was the home of South Dakota’s first US Senator, Richard F. Pettigrew. The honorable Senator Pettigrew was a collector of artifacts from around the globe and much of it is on display in the house, which offers daily tours.
The myth of the “Old West” is separated form the facts at the town’s Center for Western Studies, which is houses a collection of artifacts from the Northern Plains. Housed in the Fantle Building at Augustana College, the museum includes a library of more than 35,000 volumes dedicated to the American West. The museum is open from Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm, and from Saturday from 10am until 2pm. It is closed Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.