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1880 Town – Murdo South Dakota

 

 

 A fourteen-sided barn built in 1919, the barn boasts an automated hay and manure handling system. It took three days and thousands of dollars to move the barn the 45 miles from its original location south of Draper, SD. 1880 TOWN in South Dakota is located 22 west of Murdo, and has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs. This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

1880 Town

 

History of 1880 Town

WhenRichardHullinger bought 14 acres at Exit 170 back in 1969 he had no plans for an attraction. In 1972 a gas station was built at this location along with forming an idea of an old west attraction. Later, an additional 80 acres was purchased.About that time a movie company came to a small town nearby to film an 1880 era movie. A main street set was constructed from old buildings and a number of Indian relics and antiques were borrowed from ClarenceHullinger, Richard’s father. Winter set in and the filming was abandoned. The movie company returned home giving the main street set to Clarence for the use of his artifacts. The movie set was moved to the 80 acres and the 1880 TOWN was born!Along with the beginning of the 1880 TOWN began years of collecting what is now an authentic 1880 to 1920 era town from buildings to contents. Clarence and Richard have kept historical value on an equal balance with public appeal, choosing buildings that not only interesting to look at but are also historically correct for an early South Dakota town. The displays and buildings range from Indian relics from the 1970’s to the fourteen-sided barn built in 1919.

 1880 TOWN in South Dakota is located 22 west of Murdo, and has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs. This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

What to Photograph:

1880 Town has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs.  This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle.  There is also a prairie church, and a complete homestead set apart from the town, which make for great photo possibilities.

About a quarter of a mile east of the town is a homestead complete with windmill, corrals, barn, house and of course, outhouse. 1880 TOWN in South Dakota is located 22 west of Murdo, and has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs. This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Best Time for Photographers:

Hours for the 1880 TOWN May thru October, daylight hours.

 

Getting There:

The 1880 TOWN is 22 miles west of Murdo, SD. We are conveniently located directly off Interstate 90 at exit 170.

Maps:

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Cost:

Regular Admission

Adults   $12
Seniors   $10
Teens (ages 13-18)   $7
Children (ages 6-12)   $5
Children thru age 5   free
Wheel Chair Patrons   free

St. Stephan’s Church, built in 1915, was moved from Dixon, South Dakota, with everything intact, from the stained glass windows to the bell 1880 TOWN in South Dakota is located 22 west of Murdo, and has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs. This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Facilities:

The 1880 town has a Shell Convenience Store, a 1950’s Railroad Diner (open 7am-3pm daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day), and gift shop.

Location Contact Information:

Phone
605-344-2236
Email
info@1880town.com
Address
Interstate 90, exit 170
22 miles west of Murdo, South Dakota

The Gardel & Walker Livery Barn holds a variety of early engines and two wagons from the Indian war era. 1880 TOWN in South Dakota is located 22 west of Murdo, and has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs. This is also the Longhorn Ranch and home to more than 100 Texas longhorn cattle. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Nearest City or Town:

 Murdo South Dakota

 


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