Belle Fourche, S.D., Geographic Center of the Nation - My Yellowstone Park
Johnny Spaulding Cabin. Photo courtesy of the Tri State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche, S.D.

Johnny Spaulding Cabin. Photo courtesy of the Tri State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche, S.D.

See silver spoons that traveled on the Mayflower in 1620 and antique saddles by the Duhamel Co., the nation’s largest producer of saddles by 1914, at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche, S.D.

There’s also a historic cabin built in 1876, along with a monument locating Belle Fourche as the geographic center of the nation. 

The monument to mark the Geographic Center of the United States north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Photo by Martin Lewison via Flickr

The monument to mark the Geographic Center of the United States north of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Photo by Martin Lewison via Flickr

Admission is free to the museum, cabin and monument. To really enjoy the experience, walk four blocks from the museum to Green Bean Coffeehouse and order lunch to go, so you can eat on the museum’s shaded property.

Located in a green Victorian-era home, the coffeehouse, at 710 State St., serves salads, wraps, sandwiches and scones. The building was purchased back in the day by a saloonkeeper whose wife collected dimes in the saloon to pay for it. Don’t leave without a latte made with air-roasted Kaladi Coffee. Then stroll back to the museum and sit at one of the picnic tables (there are tables with colorful umbrellas on the museum’s deck).

Tip: Contrary to the way it is spelled, Belle Fourche is actually pronounced “Bell Foosh.” It means “beautiful fork” in French, commemorating the confluence of Redwater River, Belle Fourche River and Hay Creek.

For more information:

Belle Fourche Chamber
(888) 345-5859
bellefourchechamber.org

Tri-State Museum
(605) 723-1200
415 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
www.thetristatemuseum.com

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