Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why the High Plains Western Heritage Center is a must-do cultural experience

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger, history buff

Did you know covered wagons often contained wood burning stoves?  Or that they used to pack up to 35 people into a stage coach?  

That the Black Hills were deeded to the Lakota in an old broken treaty?  And that babies in the Old West slept in cradles carved out of barrels?

If you're looking for a little bit of Old Western culture, want to see a roaming herd of longhorn, or are fond of Native American beadwork, weaponry, or hide paintings, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is a phenomenal hidden treasure.

The High Plains Western Heritage Center encompasses the history of five Western States (South and North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska) and tells the stories of pioneering, cattle and sheep ranching, rodeo, Native Americans, transportation (railroad, covered wagon) and mining.  

It even features longhorn steer, which are pastured on 40 acres with a panoramic view of Spearfish.  Many genuine old dusty Western artifacts, sculptures, and Native art are also featured.

The Western Heritage Center provides locals and visitors alike a means to learn the context the five state area was created from.  Ideal for history buffs and children alike, the Heritage Center is an interesting collection and phenomenal display of pioneer life.

Take advantage of this opportunity by visiting the High Plains Western Heritage Center between 9-5 daily.  They are located on Heritage Drive off Exit 14 and are modestly priced ($10 for adults).  Ask for a guided tour to get the full experience.  

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Celebrate OktoBEERfest with Spearfish's own Crow Peak Brewery

by Victoria Kinkler
guest blogger, beer festival goer 

Oktobeerfest: a midwestern take on the famed German tradition. 

An annual event at Crow Peak Brewery, it typically occurs the week before Halloween and features live music, games, costumes, and seasonal Crow Peak beers.  

Crow Peak hosts other community oriented events throughout the year too; in February they did a speakeasy night in conjunction with the Maltese Falcon theater production at the Matthews Opera House.  A portion of proceeds from every "Malty Falcon" brown ale sold was donated to the Opera House.

Trivia nights, winter luaus, and fundraisers to find desperate dogs good homes are common Crow Peak events.  

During summer months, live music is performed on a broken down farm truck part picturesquely in front of a couple pines.  During the winter, the talent performs inside the high ceiling tap room.

And on the rare night there's nothing going on, it is just as enjoyable to warm up in front of the growler shaped fire place or watch the sunset from the balcony.

Dogs and kids are welcome at Crow Peak--dogs must stay on the patio or balcony area.  

Customers are also welcome to bring take out from Bunky's BBQ, located across the parking lot.  I recommend the brisket if you happen to stop by on the right day.

Crow Peak is located on Highway 14, off of Exit 10.  They are open 7 days a week.