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Mccrory gardens in South Dakota


People around the globe tend to be most familiar with the western region of South Dakota, famous for the Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore and the rugged scenery of the Badlands. Visitors who confine themselves to the region west of the Missouri, the boundary between East and West, miss not only the expansive prairie but also a plethora of sites and attractions that are culturally unique.



The earliest inhabitants of the region were Paleo-Indians who arrived around 11,000-years ago. The French claimed the land in 1742 and Lewis and Clark claimed it for the US in 1804. Non-native settlement took off in the 1870s after gold was discovered in the Black Hills and in 1890 South Dakota achieved statehood.


The state has designated a 153-mile portion of Interstate 29 as a Cultural Corridor. Arrayed along the route are four cities that provide visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, history, heritage and outdoor experiences the state has to offer.


Watertown, surrounded by 16 glacial lakes boasts natural, stunning, scenery. It was established in 1879 and named in honor of a town in NY. The Downtown area is filled with artistic scenery in the form of 11 original sculptures along an