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Fort Meade Museum

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Distance About 50 miles 
Time Needed: Depends on your interest in Western history
Best Time To Go: As part of a swing through the Northern Hills and Sturgis. Hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 15th to September 15th.
Directions: Follow US16A and US16 East to I-90. Take I-90 West to Sturgis. Follow SD 34 East out of Sturgis about one mile. 
Cost: Free
Highlights: Old Ft. Meade Military Post, Cavalry Artifacts
Description:

     Ft. Meade was the first military outpost in the Black Hills. It was built in 1878 by the remaining troops of General Custer's 7th Cavalry to keep peace between the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians and prospectors.
     The fort is distinguished as having been the birthplace of the national anthem, 'The Star Spangled Banner.' Some of the fort's original buildings remain intact. A highlight of the fort is the Ft. Meade Cavalry Museum.
     You can also see the monument to two of the hardest drinkers in Troop D, of the 8th Cavalry.

    Info: Fort Meade Museum,
    Box 164, Ft. Meade. SD, 57741.
    Phone: 605-347-9822
   
Link: http://fortmeademuseum.org
 
 

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