Fort Pierre, "Where the West Begins" is located just across the river from the State Capital. Historic cowboy town has plenty to see and do.



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Famous worldwide as the birthplace of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs and Lieutenant Commander John C. Waldron from the Battle of Midway. Modern day Fort Pierre is a great place to visit with so much to do. Enjoy fishing on one of South Dakota's Great Lakes, Lake Oahe or try your luck on the mighty Missouri where Lewis and Clark fished. There are various places to camp and several options for lodging.

Don't miss our unique museums! The Verendrye Museum, which holds the true flavor of Fort Pierre is located right downtown on Deadwood Street and of course you couldn't come to Fort Pierre without seeing the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center on Verendrye Drive. An eighteen-hole golf course will keep you interested at Dunes Golf Course or for the kids how about some mini golf or go-carts at 1806 Wheels & Sticks. Hungry after a long day of adventure? You'll find a variety of dining experiences in Fort Pierre.

Old Fort Pierre was built on the historical site, which is believed to be the first spot visited by Europeans on South Dakota soil. Its claim is based on the uncovering of the Verendrye plate. The plate was engraved by Peter de La Verendrye with his name and date, 1741 and then buried. The plate remained undiscovered for 170 years until it was accidentally found by school children playing in the area in 1913.

The original Fort Pierre, built at the confluence of the Missouri and Bad Rivers in 1817, was a fur trading post and was called Fort Teton. The early settlers of this community also settled the recreation area close by, known as Farm Island. Fort Pierre was rebuilt in 1822 as Fort Tecumseh and in 1832 it was rebuilt again in its present location, as Fort Pierre Choteau, later shortened to Fort Pierre.

Every fourth of July people from all over flock to Fort Pierre for the annual PRCA Rodeo to see "Where the West Begins". Named one of the top 20 Best Rural Towns in the West by American Cowboy magazine Fort Pierre has a wonderful old west atmosphere with all the larger city conveniences. Come visit us and we'll show you some true west hospitality.
 

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